Holocaust (Shoah) Paintings

Here are some of my paintings related to the Holocaust (Shoah).

In the Ghetto(2015)

The Fallen (ca. 1985) When I was young I was obsessed with the Shoah (something that I have written about in my autobiographical novel "Amanuensis" (available on Amazon.com), about growing up in the East End of London where I and my family experienced extreme anti-Semitism). I saw the pictures of bodies from the camps being bulldozed and it stayed with me. Like the people sleeping in the London underground that became a theme for Henry Moore in his sculptures, I wanted to depict these bodies in painting. But, I could not paint them merely in black and white as dead bodies, I wanted to give them back a measure of life. I adopted the style of Henri Matisse, who did several paintings of dancers in a circle in bright colors in 1909-10. In my mind the two images fused and I produced a painting of the Shoah victims as if they were still dancing in death. I believe this approach is novel and adds to our feeling for the victims.

A Holocaust Tryptych

Nuns at Dachauerstrasse This painting was based on an experience I had in Munich when there was a Nun's convention. The City was full of them and they lined up for buses on Dachauerstrasse (ca. 1985)

SOLD 6/2007

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