Itzchak Tarkay



Elegance II

Serigraph on Paper

Image size 25 x 20



Serigraph on Paper

Image size 21 x 28


Bon Jour La Vie II

Serigraph on Paper

Image size 20 x 20

Flower Market

Flower Market

Serigraph on Paper

Image size 28 x 53

Garden Cafe

Garden Cafe

Serigraph on Paper

Image Size 34 x 46



Serigraph on Paper

Image Size 20 x 20

Lilac Time

Lilac Time

Serigraph on Paper

Image Size 18 x 20


Aristocrats (The Secret)

Serigraph on Paper

Image Size 20 1/2 x 28 1/2

He studied art in Israel where he moved after World War II. He has become one of the most well known artists of his generation. There have been several books written about him. Over the past five years, Tarkay has had more than 30 exhibitions of his work in Europe, United States, & Japan. His work usually depicts Cafe Life with Women playing a Key Role in most of his paintings. Strong, Bright colors are a characteristic of his work.

The inspiration for Tarkay's works clearly lies with French Impressionism and the "Ecole de Paris", his drawing with the "Facon de Faire" of Toulouse- Lautrec. The works have a rich and sensuous pallet executed in a tapestry like effect.

A centered woman image linked with environmental indoor objects and forms create an atmosphere emphasizing the versatile gesture of the woman. Thus, an intimacy is being created and the subject matter enhanced. His landscape painting with a tree in the center have the same passionate and striking look.

The drawing style that reveals a debt to Toulouse Lautrec, ridded of unwanted details, meets in synthesis with a color mode of handling of the Fauvist, Matisse. Tarkay uses a painterly application of color through silk-screen. Color is overlayed thickly with brush-like strokes creating rich transparency and depth. Sometimes, a rapid drawing style accelerates the work. Tarkay likes to negate image and form. The dress of the woman meets with a non realistic form creating a pleasant dialectic between the Figurative and the Abstract that is everlasting. The vitality and flexibility of ambiance as exemplified in Tarkay's work places him as one of the most important neoclassic artists in Europe today.

Born: 1935 Yugoslavia Training: Avni Institute of Fine Art, Tel Aviv and Bezadel Academy, Jerusalem


SELECTED ONE MAN SHOWS 1975 Dugit Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel 1983 Gemoart Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel 1984 Yad Lebanim, Petach-TiLva, Israel 1986 Urek Gallery, Ramat-Hasharom, Israel 1987 The Windmill Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel Art Expo, New York, USA Gemoart Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel Weizman Gallery, Beer-Sheba, Israel 1988 The Israel Experience Gallery, Old Jaffa, Israel Art Expo, New York, USA Cherkin Gallery, Red-Bank, New Jersey, USA Ursus Press Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany 1989 Art Expo, New York, USA Art Expo, California, USA Lorin Gallery, Long Island, USA Renjeau Gallery, Boston, USA London Contemporary Art Gallery, London, England Gallery 454, Detroit, Michigan, USA 1990 Bruno Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel Dixon Bate Gallery, Manchester, England Laurence Gallery, Santa Rosa, California, USA CCA Galleries, Oxford, England Art Expo, New York, USA Art Expo, Los Angeles, USA Ambassador Gallery, NewJersey, USA The Art Spectrum Gallery, Florida, USA Shows in Osaka, FuLuoka, Tokyo, Kuba, Japan 1991 Tokyo Department Store Cultural Centre Bell Gallery, Belfast, N Ireland St Hellier Gallery, Jersey Pictures Gallery, Birmingham, Englarid Renjeau Gallery, Boston, USA Art London 91 World of Watercolours, London, England Montpellier Gallery, Cheltenham, England


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