ITZCHAK TARKAY  1935 - 2012

LIMITED EDITION SERIGRAPHS AND LITHOGRAPHS HAND SIGNED BY ITZCHAK TARKAY

109 TARKAY NATASHA SUITE WAITING 10x8 in image size
108 TARKAY NATASHA SUITE SOLUTUDE 10x8 in image size
110 TARKAY NATASHA SUITE NATASHA 10x8 in image size
111 TARKAY NATASHA SUITE THE CLOWN 10x8 in image size
TARKAY SALON DE PARIS 55.5x43 in
TARKAY SERIGRAPH LADY IN BLACK 50_ x 66_
21 TARKAY SERIGRAPH LA FIANCE 35 x 61 in
32 TARKAY SERIGRAPH REVERIE 57 x 42 in
20 TARKAY SERIGRAPH HOLIDAY IN CANNES 1994 36 x 53 in
85 TARKAY PARIS CAFE image 53x27.5 border 32.25x57 1992
84 TARKAY CHAMPS ELYSEE image 47.25x22.375 border 26x49.25 SERIGRAPH
22 TARKAY SERIGRAPH SMALL TALK 30 x 58 in
2 TARKAY SERIGRAPH  SUMMER TIME - LAKESIDE CAFE 1995  20x20 in
3 TARKAY SERIGRAPH  SUMMER TIME - VERONICA 1995  20x20 in
4 TARKAY SERIGRAPH  SUMMER TIME - WAITING 1995  20x20 in
5 TARKAY SERIGRAPH  SUMMER TIME - GARDEN PARTY 1995  20x20 in
34 TARKAY SERIGRAPH FIVE GRACES II 16 x 12 in
33 TARKAY SERIGRAPH FIVE GRACES I 16 x 12 in
34.1 TARKAY SERIGRAPH FIVE GRACES SUITE III 16x12 in
34.2 TARKAY SERIGRAPH FIVE GRACES SUITE IV 16x12 in
47 TARKAY LITHOGRAPH L.E 475 MEMORIES RETROSPECTIVE SUITE PEACEFUL MOMENTS 12 x 8.5 in
50 TARKAY LITHOGRAPH L.E 475 MEMORIES RETROSPECTIVE SUITE WINTER AFTERNOON 12 x 8.5 in
48 TARKAY LITHOGRAPH L.E 475 MEMORIES RETROSPECTIVE SUITE THE ARISTOCRATS 12 x 9 in
44 TARKAY LITHOGRAPH L.E 475 MEMORIES RETROSPECTIVE SUITE BISTRO SOCIETY 11 x 9 in
43 TARKAY LITHOGRAPH L.E 475 MEMORIES RETROSPECTIVE SUITE WAITING FOR A FRIEND 12 x 9 in
46 TARKAY LITHOGRAPH L.E 475 MEMORIES RETROSPECTIVE SUITE TAVERN AT DUSK 12 x 8.5 in
45 TARKAY LITHOGRAPH L.E 475 MEMORIES SUITE CASUAL DINING 12.5 x 9 in
49 TARKAY LITHOGRAPH L.E 475 MEMORIES RETROSPECTIVE SUITE TRE'S CHIC 12 x 8.5 in
39 TARKAY LITHOGRAPH BOOK COVER
40 TARKAY LITHOGRAPH BOOK INSIDE TEA FOR TWO  9 x 7
41 TARKAY LITHOGRAPH BOOK INSIDE  NUDE WITH FLOWERS 9 x 7
42 TARKAY LITHOGRAPH BOOK INSIDE  QUIES AFTERNOON 9 x 7
16 TARKAY SERIGRAPH HARBOR CAFE - THE ARISTO  20.5 x 18 in
31 TARKAY SERIGRAPH 6889 32.5x25 in
23 TARKAY SERIGRAPH THE SECRET 1995  28x20 in
27 TARKAY SERIGRAPH  34 X 25.5
6 TARKAY SERIGRAPH _CAFE SELECT_ LEFT 40.5x30 in
7 TARKAY SERIGRAPH _CAFE SELECTMIDDLE 40.5x30 in
8 TARKAY SERIGRAPH _CAFE SELECT_ RIGHT 40.5x30 in
9 TARKAY SERIGRAPH JACQUELINE 44x30 in
86 TARKAY THOUGHTS OF LOVE 44x30 in
14 TARKAY SERIGRAPH FISHERMAN'S HARBOUR  22 x 18  1996
13 TARKAY SERIGRAPH  GRACE IV    22 x 18
12 TARKAY SERIGRAPH _NORMANDY CAFE_  22 x 19 i
15 TARKAY SERIGRAPH SUNDAY AFTERNOON II    22 x 18 1995
35 TARKAY SERIGAPH FIVE GRACES V 16 x 12 in
75 TARKAY 13x17
24 TARKAY SERIGRAPH UNTITLED II 1995  15 x 12 in
30.2 TARKAY SERIGRAPH  1995
30.1 TARKAY SERIGRAPH  1995
30 TARKAY SERIGRAPH TERRACE   1995 10 x 9 in
29 TARKAY SERIGRAPH MEMORY II 1995 10 x 10 in
28 TARKAY SERIGRAPH LADY IN BLUE  52 x 14 in
26 TARKAY SERIGRAPH UNTITLED VI 1995  19.5x15.5 in
25 TARKAY SERIGRAPH UNTITLED III 1995  19.5x15.5 in
74 TARKAY
73 TARKAY COZY CORNER ,STATE II 25 3_4 x 20 in
83 TARKAY THREE WOMEN image 37.25x27  border 30x40 SERIGRAPH
81 TARKAY RED HATS image 44.625x32.5 border 35x49
82 TARKAY IN THE LOUNGE 37x48_edited
80 TARKAY Marie and Susie  image 35x26.5 border 38.25x30.25
106 Itzchak Tarkay Reading Hand Signed Limited Edition
62 TARKAY FAME 24x31
64 TARKAY _Seated Woman in Interior_ 27.5_ x 21.5_.
63 TARKAY Waiting for my Love
76 TARKAY _ MAGIC MOMENT IV  15.25 x 11.25
66 TARKAY Original Serigraph _Sisters_  ca 1988
65 TARKAY  _EVENING CHAT_  28x27
93 TARKAY  ANN MARIE 40X38 in SERIGRAPH
79 TARKAY RENDEZVOUS image 27.25x27 border 32x30 in
TARKAY SERIGRAPH Leila 28-1_2_H x 37-1_2_W  II
56 TARKAY DANNIEL'S CORNER 37.3 x 45.2_ edition 300 coventry rag paper
58 TARKAY LEISURE TIME 38.4_ x 29.4_ edition 300 coventry rag paper
53 TARKAY NOSTALGIA 41_ x 30_ edition 300 coventry rag paper
104 TARKAY Cafe de Paris 37.5_ H X 49.5_ W
60 TARKAY SECOND THOUGHT 41.2_ x 33_ edition 300 coventry rag paper
57 TARKAY DAYDREAM 41_ x 28.9_ edition 300 coventry rag paper
52 TARKAY QUIET AFTERNOON 37_ x 47.9_ editin 300 coventry rag paper
51 TARKAY  PARTY TIME 44_ x 30.3_ edition 300 coventry rag paper
18 TARKAY SERIGRAPH ELEGANCE I 25_ x 20
11 TARKAY SERIGRAPH TRIO 34x26.5 in
19 TARKAY SERIGRAPH ELEGANCE II 25 x 20 in
78 TARKAY 19x25
1 TARKAY SERIGRAPH TRANQUILLITY I 18x14 in
89 TARKAY 24 x 19 in
10 TARKAY SERIGRAPH  SILENT THOUGHTS I 26x20 in
69 TARKAY MONTPARNASSE I 20x24
68 TARKAY MONTPARNASSE II  20x24
72 TARKAY 13x17
71 TARKAY  14x17
70 TARKAY INTERMEZZO III 13x17
55 TARKAY COSETTE 39.7_ x 29.7_ edition 300 coventry rag paper
54 TARKAY FEMME FATALE 29.5_ x 40_ edition 300 coventry rag paper
17 TARKAY SERIGRAPH COSETTE II 25 x 20 in
61 TARKAY SECRETS 43_ x 29_ edition 300 coventry rag paper
59 TARKAY LONELINESS 27.2_ x 42_ edition 300 coventry rag paper
91 TARKAY SERIGRAPH
90 TARKAY SERIGRAPH
92 TARKAY SERIGRAPH
105.1 TARKAY Diptyque lithograph, Two Sisters 27_ 3_4 x 20_ 1_4
105 TARKAY Diptyque lithograph, Two Sisters 27_ 3_4 x 20_ 1_4
38 TARKAY SERIGRAPH WOMAN WITH RED HAT GIVON 15x12 in
37 TARKAY SERIGRAPH WOMAN WITH PERPLE HAT GIVON 15x12 in
36 TARKAY SERIGRAPH TEA TIME GIVON 31 x 31 in

                                                                ITZCHAK TARKAY
                                                                          1935-2012                     

Itzchak Tarkay was born in 1935 in Subotica on the Yugoslav-Hungarian border. When he was only nine years old, Tarkay was sent to Mauthausen concentration camp by the Nazis. After the war, he returned Home and developed an interest in art. While still at school in Subotica, he won a prize for excellence in painting. In 1949 he and his family emigrated to Israel and were sent to a transit camp for new arrivals at Beer Ya'akov. Their next two years were spent in a kibbutz.

In 1951, Tarkay received a scholarship to the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, where he studied for a year before having to leave due to difficult financial circumstances at Home. In order to continue his scholarship, he was allowed to study under the artist Schwartzman until his mobilization to the Israeli army. After returning to the familiar environment of Tel Aviv, Tarkay enrolled in the Avni Institute of Art, which he graduated in 1956. His teachers there were Mokady, Janko, Streichman, and Stematsky.

Tarkay has since exhibited extensively both in Israel and abroad, and his works can be found in many public and private collections.

ITZCHAK TARKAY  JOURNEY TO THE PAST

ITZCHAK TARKAY WOMEN AND CAFE 1
ITZCHAK TARKAY WOMEN AND CAFE
ITZCHAK TARKAY WOMEN AND CAFE 2
TARKAY WOMEN AND CAFES
TEA FOR TWO      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        40x40 in
REUNION      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS  40x40 in
SUMMER TIME      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        58x46 in
WOMAN WITH BROWN HAT   ACRYLIC ON CANVAS     40x40 in
YELLOW DRESS      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        40x40 in
CAFE I       ACRYLIC ON CANVAS  51x78 in
CAFE SAFARI      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS     50x46 in
CAFE MICHEL      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS   51x78 in
CAFE OSCAR      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        58x46 in
BRUNCH       ACRYLIC ON CANVAS   40x40 in
BROWN SKIRT    WATERCOLOR       40x28 in
AT THE BAR       ACRYLIC ON CANVAS      51x39 in
A QUIET MOMENT      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        40x40  in
CAFE SIMONE      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS  40x40 in
CHARLATTE      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS  40x32 in
CLARIS       ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        51x39 in
CLOSE FRIENDSHIP      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS   51x39 in
FRIENDSHIP      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS   51x39 in
GOSSIP II       ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        58x46 in
GOSSIP I      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS   58x46 in
LADY IN BLUE DRESS     ACRYLIC ON CANVAS      51x39 in
TEA TIME       ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        51x39 in
TELLING A SECRET       ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        40x40 in
SOPHISTICATED LADY      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS  51x39 in
SEATED NUDE       ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        40x36 in
MADELINE      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        40x40 in
LADY IN RED       ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        58x46 in
PENSIVENESS      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        40x40 in
THE BALCONY      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS   58x46 in
VERONICA      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS  40x40 in
THE MODEL      ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        51x39 in
WHAT'S HAPPENING     ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        51x39 in
WOMAN SITTING ON A SOFA    WATERCOLOR       40x28 in
WOMAN TALK       ACRYLIC ON CANVAS        51x39_ in
TARKAY SISTERS 12 x 12 in SERIGRAPH
JEANINE  26 3_8 x 32 1_4 in_edited
WANDA   25 3/4 x 21 1/4 in
WAITING  24 x 32 in
TABITHA 40 12 x 32 in
STANDING NUDE 24 x 32 in _edited
SUSZANNE 50 x 40 in
SIMONE 29.5 x 31.5 in
LADIES STANDING  22 x 18  in
APRES MIDI 40 x 32 in
GHISLAINE
ELOISA 28 x 32 in
CHERYL  50 x 40 in
JEANINE  26 x 32 in
NICOLE 29.5 x 36 in
CARLA  28x 32 in

                             ITZCHAK  TARKAY
                                                                                                 

                                                                      WORKS ON PAPER

 

RECENTLY, A FRIEND OF MINE WHO IS A FIGURATIVE LANDSCAPE PAINTER REMARKED THAT PEOPLE WHO HAD SEEN HIS LATEST WORK WERE FINDING IT TO BE "MORE AND MORE ABSTRACT." I DON'T THINK IT'S GETTING MORE AND MORE ABSTRACT," HE SAID. " I THINK IT'S GETTING REALER AND REALER !"
LIKE MYFRIEND, ITZCHAK TARKAY IS A FIGURATIVE PAINTER WHO LEANS HEAVILY TOWARD ABSTRACTION. FOR A GOOD PART OF THE PAST DECADE, HIS WORK HAS INVOLVED, SPECIFICALLY, THE FEMALE FIGURE-- A FIGURE, SINCE THE EARLY 1990s, USUALLY SEATED WITH ONE OR TWO WOMAN IN CAFE'S THAT ARE SO GENERICALLY CAFE'S THAT IT WOULD SEEM THEY COULD BE LOCATED IN ANY BUSTLING METROPOLIS IN ANY CITY IN THE CIVILIZED WORLD. TARKAY'S LADIES OF THE AFTERNOON LOUNGE, LUNCH, CHAT, AND JUST GENERALLY TURN A DOLEFUL, LANGUID EYE ON THE WORLD AROUND THEM -- AND SOMETIMES, IT SEEMS, EACH OTHER. AND MORE ABSTRACTED THEIR FORMS BECOME UNDER TARKAY 'S FLUENT BRUSH, THE MORE WILDLY FAUVIST BECOME THE COLOR SCHEMES, THE " REALER AND REALER" THEY GET. TARKAY'S PECULIAR COMPOUND OF THE REALISTIC AND THE ABSTRACT, THE FIGURATIVE AND THE DECORATIVE, FINALLY CREATES FOR THE VIEWER A LOCALIZED UNIVERSE OF LADIES STUDIOUSLY UNAWARE OF OUR EXISTENCE, AND ALMOST OF THE ENTIRE OUTSIDE WORLD.

THE EVOLUTION OF TARKAY'S SOIGNE' LADIES BEGAN IN THE EARLY 1980s, WITH WORKS THAT WERE CONSIDERABLY DIFFERENT FROM THE ACRYLICS ON CANVAS HE HAS COME TO BE KNOWN FOR IN THE 90s. THEY WERE DIFFERENT IN MEDIUM --ACRYLIC  ON BOARD ORPAPER, WATERCOLOR, CHARCOAL AND PASTEL -- AND NOTABLY DIFFERENT IN COLOR AND STYLE. WHERE TARKAY'S BRUSHSTROKE  WAS, A DECADE LATER, TO BECOME TIGHTER AND MORE PRECISE IN ITS DELINEATION OF HUMAN AND OBJECTIVE FORM, IN THE EARLY 80s, IN PAINTING LIKE THE PROTEGE', THE EXPRESSIONIST INFLUENCE OF SOUTANE AND ROUALT WERE TO BE FELT IN TARKAY'S SLIGHTLY GRIM COLOR SENSE -- MUCH OF THE PAINTING OF MOTHER AND "FAVORITE" AU TABLE IS IN SHADES OF GRAY, BONE, AND IVORY -- AND ESPECIALLY IN HIS THICK, HEAVY BRUSH STROKE AND VOLUMINOUS MODELING OF BODY PARTS. TAVERN AT DUKE, AN ACRYLIC ON BOARD WITH PASTEL, IS SIMILARLY LOOSE, EVEN A BIT GROSS, IN ITS FULL-FIGURED DEPICTIONS OF TAVERN FREQUENTERS OUT FOR A BEER AT SUNDOWN, WITH TARKAY MAKING LIBERAL USE OF LIVELY, LOOPY WHITE PASTEL OUTLINING TO DELINEATE DINERS AND DECOR.

MORE DELICATE AND INTIMATE IN ITS EFFECT IS AN ACRYLIC ON BOARD LANDSCAPE FROM THISPERIOD , ITS ROLLING MEADOWS , TREES AND HILLOCKS REALLY NO MORE THAN EVER-SO-SLIGHTLY VOLUPTUOUS MASSES OF COLOR A BIT MORE HIGH-TONED -- WITH REDS , MAUVES , AND EVEN SOME SUNNY GREEN -- THAN THE PAINTINGS DEPICTING HUMANS . BUT SUCH A LANDSCAPE IS A RELATIVE RARITY : ALREADY IN THE EARLY TO MID- 80s TARKAY IS EXHIBITING LARGE TRACES OF THE SUBJECT MATTER THAT CAME TO BE ALMOST AN OBSESSION WITH HIM LATER IN THE DECADE OF THE 80s AND WELL INTO THIS ONE : THE FEMALE FIGURE , CLOTHED AND UNCLOTHED , ALONE OR IN THE COMPANY OF OTHER WOMAN . THE ACRYLIC ON BOARD "AFTER HOURS" GIVE US TWO RATHER SOLEMN-SEEMING WOMAN LOCKED IN CONVERSATION , HUGE FOREARMS RESTING ON A TABLE WHOSE CLOTH IS MADE UP OF A BOLD , BYZANTINE FLORAL PATTERN AT ITS FRONT , WITH ALONE DRINKER AT ANOTHER TABLE TO THE REAR. MORE OFTEN , AT THIS POINT , TARKAY'S WOMAN ARE ALONE. "MORNING RITUAL" A JEWEL -LIKE TOUR DE FORCE OF INKS AND ACRYLIC WASHES IN SHADES OF WHITE , PALE GREEN , AND SOME DELICIOUSLY VIOLET UMBERS , EXAMINES THE SUNNY PREDICAMENT OF THE LADY OF THE HOUSE HAVING HER FIRST " TASSE DE CAFE' " OF THE DAY ALL ALONE IN HER BEDROOM , LOOKING SIMULTANEOUSLY SLEEPY AND WARY. TARKAY WORKS FURTHER, JUST AS SUBTLY AMUSING , TURNS ON THIS THEME IN " WAITING FOR A FRIEND" THE ACRYLIC ON BOARD FROM 1985. A BLACK STOCKINGED , TOULOUSE-LAUTREC TYPE LADY IN LOOSE BLUE VEST, WHITE-PASTEL-ON-GRAY SKIRT AND MISMATCHED GLOVES (THE GLOVES ON TARKAY'S WOMAN ARE ALMOST ALWAYS , GIVEN AESTHETIC LICENSE , MISMATCHED), SITS IN AN UNCOMFORTABLE -SEEMING BLACK WOODEN CHAIR, HER HEAD BURIED MOODILY IN ON HAND , THE FINGERS OF HER OTHER HAND TAPPING IMPATIENTLY ON HER RIGHT KNEE AS SHE WAITS -- AND WAITS--  FOR HER COMPANION.

TARKAY'S WATERCOLOR FROM THE EARLY 80s ARE MORE SUBTLE AND VAGUE THAN HIS ACRYLICS-ON-BOARD.
" PEACEFUL MOMENTS " SHEDS MANY OF THE EXPRESSIONIST EXCESSES OF THE ACRYLICS IN FAVOR OF GENTLE, WASHY DELINEATION OF A SLEEPING NUDE WHOSE PENDULOUS CONTOURS ARE LIGHTLY TRACED IN PENCIL: COLOR DO STILL TEND TO THE DULLER RANGES, BUT HAVE AN AQUEOUS, CRYSTALLINE SHIMMER TO THEM THAT MAKE THIS NUDE AN EVOCATIVE STUDY IN NATURAL NARCOSIS . IN OTHER WORKS THAT--IN SUBJECT MATTER -- FORESHADOW THE FASHIONABLE " DEMI-MONDES " OF THE 90s TARKAY APPLIES THIS SAME, GENERALIZING TECHNIQUE TO FEATURE, FROM, AND FIGURE: IN " TALK OF THE TOWN, THREE HIGH-TONED LADIES, EACH AWASH IN 


 

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BRUNCH       ACRYLIC ON CANVAS   40x40 in