The art of Eric Slutsky
Montreal is art everywhere, we have a bohemian soul with our architecture and our French and immigrant roots. Especially we are a city of painters: we have the luxury of having amazing artists who are well known and loved both locally and internationally.
Among those artist Eric Slutsky is special for his hidden but deep symbolism, attractive and vivid colors and simple beauty of his creations. His knowledge of technique is undeniable as well as his careful and thoughtful work on details. His work has extended through about three decades and has been developed in countries such as France and the United States.
As a big admirer of Eric I decided to ask him a few questions in an interview which will be posted in the next blog, and also made the request to him to choose among all of his considerable opus two works which meant something special to him at this moment in his career.
Without further ado let me introduce to you:
oil on canvas
Eric: This painting illustrates a scene from the Janowska labour/concentration camp just outside Lvov, Poland, in the early 1940''s. Here, prisoners were forced to produce armaments for the Nazi war efforts. Meagre rations and even less sleep eventually sapped the strength of even the strongest prisoners.
This painting tells the story of one particularly brutal attempt (one of many), that is part of the "Final Solution". However is this strange tale, there is one sign of hope in all this desperation, as a miraculous escape takes place (notice the 2 birds pulling 2 prisoners behind them in their flight over the pit). The colours attempt to evoke the horror of the scene and yet, give the painting a eery beauty.
This story was brought to my attention by Yaffa Eliach, author of "Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust". Without any explanation, as with most of my paintings, I want the ambiguous image to speak for itself as a work of art.
"Lebanon Is Crying"
oil & photo-collage on canvas
Eric: This painting attempts to evoke the feeling (once again in an ambiguous or mysterious way) of much of the world, but especially many Lebanese, of the tragic events that took place in 2006 during the war between Hezbollah and Israel.
Blame is not placed on either party but the desperation and sadness of those affected is shown. It really could be about any war and about all the innocent who suffer in them.
In the collage are photos of Beirut during good times and bad, during the present and the past.
See the interview with Eric in second part of this blog here.