Itzchak Tarkay was born in Subotica, Yugoslavia in 1935. A Holocaust survivor, he moved to Israel with his family in 1949. Though he studied art as a teenager, he worked for fifteen years as a print technician, fashion illustrator, and businessman before ultimately settling on painting as his profession. Featuring artworks created in the 2000s, during the last decade of the artist’s life, the exhibition Peaceful Moments: The Art of Itzchak Tarkay combines paintings of elegant women and works on paper of landscapes. Informed by his fashion illustration background, Tarkay staged scenarios of women at cafes. He depicted them in the moment, as sophisticated motionless mannequins. In contrast, his landscapes capture a sense of peaceful movement. Through his unique style, Tarkay captures the balance of a hectic life through peaceful moments.
Peaceful Moments: The Art of Itzchak Tarkay was organized by Carole Sorell, Inc. and curated by David S. Rubin.
The exhibition is presented with generous support from The Park West Foundation, founders Albert and Mitsie Scaglione, and director Diane Pandolfi.
Additional support is provided by the Mellon Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation, and the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.