Elsy Menko – Artist style #1
Houses in Furaidis
My chosen – and much admired – artist is Michael Kovner (1948- ), a prolific Israeli painter of landscapes of nature, urban landscapes and portraits. He was born in Hadera and raised on Kibbutz Ein Hachoresh. His father Abba, famous partisan-writer-poet-political activist who studied art in Vilna, encouraged his son’s special aptitude for the arts and his gift of paints and brushes at an early age jumpstarted his son’s career as an artist. After his army training Michael went to New York to study at the New York Studio School where abstract expressionism was preached. On his way back to Israel in 1975 he passed through France and Italy where he was exposed to lights and landscapes of the south and Italian masters of the renaissance. This exposure convinced him that a figurative mode of painting and not abstraction would be his true calling.
In the early eighties he painted a marvellous series called ‘Houses in Gaza’, which I used as the inspiration for my quilt. I took a picture of a house in the neighbouring Arab village of Furaidis and applied his colour palette.The drab coloured house thus became an almost fauvist rendition, much like his houses in Gaza.
Cotton fabrics, acrylic paints, fusing, free machine embroidery
Artist paintings – Houses in Gaza :
Personal photo of houses in Furaidis :