Mitsie’s Memories: Itzchak Tarkay at Park West Gallery

 In Art & Gallery News, Articles, Artists & Special Collections, By Mitsie Scaglione, Itzchak Tarkay

A Park West Gallery exclusive, by Mitsie Scaglione

A few days before the Itzchak Tarkay opening at Park West Gallery, the artist came to assist in the installation of his works.

He stayed with Albert and me at our home.

On the morning of the opening, a blanket of snow had covered the trees and surrounding area in the back of our house.

Tarkay saw this and was in awe of the beauty of Mother Nature. He insisted on having his picture taken outside in the snow so he could show his family in Israel.

For us, the fun part was teaching Tarkay how to make a snowman and snowballs!

Afterwards, Albert and Tarkay headed to the gallery, where they put the finishing touches on the exhibition.

Despite the snow, Tarkay’s opening was a very successful one, where many of our Park West Gallery clients had the privilege of meeting the artist in person.

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  • Marie Oplesch

    Always enjoy Mitsies tales of personal experiences with the artists ! I hope a book is in the works ….?

  • Yvonne Wright

    I learned today that my all-time favorite living artist has died. Itzchak Tarkay painted women and saw them all as beautiful – short, tall, heavy, thin. He LOVED women – ALL women. You can tell by his wide and varied use of lines and movement, the colors that dance from their dresses, the extraordinary expressions among the most ordinary settings. He is an Israeli treasure, often compared to Lautrec and Matisse. I will miss his art. I will miss his contribution to women. It takes a very special person to see inside a woman’s soul and bring it to the surface – and then to canvas.

  • Beatriz Santelices

    My husband and I came to knowTarkay’s art last year December 9, 2012 when we cruised celebrating our 40th anniversary. On that cruise we bought (4) of his art work, His life and his paintings really grabbed our hearts. He will be missed by many I am sure. What an opportunity to have known his work. Sincerely, Armando and Beatriz Santelices-Miami, Florida

  • David Ding

    Deeply touched by Tarkay’s way of using colour and drawing line with his masterpiece. A great experience I will always remember. from Sydney Australia

  • Vivian Garcia

    I have an original painting from Itzchak Tarkay. How much do you think it’s worth now?
    Thank you

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