Gershon Iskowitz | the artist
Born Nov 21 1921, Kielce, Poland.
Died Jan 26 1988, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Original artworks, prints, exhibition posters, monographs, books, collectibles.
In 1985, recognizing the value of the Canada Councils assistance over the years, Iskowitz established The Gershon Iskowitz Foundation, which gives $25 000 annually to a mature, practising artist.
In 2007, the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation joined with the AGO to raise awareness of the visual arts in Canada with the renaming of the annual award established twenty years ago by Canadian painter Gershon Iskowitz (1921-1988). Iskowitz recognized the importance of grants to the development of artists and acknowledged that a grant from the Canada Council in 1967 enabled him to formalize his distinctive style. The AGO is home to the artist’s archives, which include early works on paper, sketchbooks and ephemera, and holds 29 paintings by Iskowitz, spanning from 1948 to 1987, in its permanent collection.