- at Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham
Currently exhibiting at goldmarkart.com- Goldmark's online gallery, Esther Peretz-Arad's
work will be on virtual display from 9 May. There will also be a special online documentary available from the gallery's Royal Television Society nominated film subsidiary, Goldmark Films, on goldmark.tv from the same date.
A prolific and hugely talented artist, Peretz-Arad worked freely in a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, watercolour, crayon, pastel, ink and wash.
Esther Peretz-Arad [1921-2005] came from a poor background. She was born in Bulgaria and her parents moved to Tel Aviv when Esther was only three. She became determined to be an artist, despite parental disapproval, and in 1937 began studying painting at the studio of Aaron Avni and, later, studied sculpture under Yitzhak Danzinger. In 1943 she married sculptor and violin player Grisha Arad who had escaped Vienna in 1938. The couple had two sons – each one inheriting specific gifts from a parent.World-famous architect Ron Arad's drawing skills are well known, whilst the elder son Atar Arad gained from his father's musical gifts and became a renowned viola player, essayist, composer and music professor.
According to the gallery the artist's landscapes demand attention as 'they vary from joyous evocations of the natural world to intensely dramatic studies'.However, according to Turner Prize judge Richard Cork, depicting the female condition lay at the centre of her ambition. Commenting on one particular work he states: 'The elderly lady depicted in one arresting lithograph stares downwards, making no attempt to hide her exhaustion and despair. She is portrayed with a compassionate understanding worthy of Rembrandt ...'