2011 Herzl Kashetsky

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Self-portrait of Herzl Kashetsky, Strathbutler 2011

His rich and multi-layered works are a deep and honest exploration of the human condition …

With a career spanning over thirty-five years, Herzl Kashetsky’s oeuvre has had a profound impact on the cultural fabric of New Brunswick. His rich and multi-layered works are a deep and honest exploration of the human condition. Recognized for their highly realistic style, Kashetsky’s meticulously rendered portraits, still-lives and landscapes are intense explorations of identity and place. Kashetsky engages in wide-ranging themes that, while rooted in personal experience, transcend the individual to speak of the universal themes of chaos and order, spirit and time.

The devotion and rigour Kashetsky demonstrates within his studio practise has been matched by his steadfast contribution within various communities throughout his career. His is a commitment to the ideal of art as an integral component of daily life and for this he is highly respected ambassador for the visual arts. It is the jury’s honour to be able to recognize and commend him for these with the 2011 Strathbutler Award.

His Honour, Graydon Nicholas, Lieutneant Governor of New Brunswick presented Mr. Kashetsky with the Stathbutler Award on the 9th of September 2011 at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

In the artist’s words

I believe that CREATIVITY is a part of our nature, and manifests itself in all disciplines, the humanities as well as sciences, from the simplest to the most complex of things. Creativity is the engine of life. – atoms create molecules / molecules create matter / a seed creates a plant / living organisms create another living organism / and the human mind, creates ideas.

To summarize; as I observe the world around me, I interpret with thought & feeling and express it with imagination or realism, as a work of art.