Naomi Alexander is an accomplished artist in the "kitchen sink" tradition of John Bratby and post-impressionist Pierre Bonnard. When invited by the Europas Parkas Museum in Vilnius to be their first artist in residence she decided to draw Jewish culture as her family roots go back to 18th c Lithuania. She draws what she sees: the vast forests and their dark secrets, the poor people that now live in the homes where Jews once lived, dilapidated buildings, synagogues and cemeteries and the churches that still loom over the old Jewish areas. Additional information and quirky captions give a sense of the present day struggles of Lithuania's small Jewish community.
Publisher: David Paul
Number of pages: 160
Dimensions: 230 x 300 x 14 mm
"She captures a world which looks amazingly as it must have a century ago. There is one radical difference. There are no Jews" John Russell Taylor, The Times art critic "Naomi Alexander puts down what she sees directly and unaffectedly. With the utmost economy of means -- we get the story" Paula Rego "A unique and remarkable book with its moving paintings and sketches of that tragic land" Lord Janner of Braunstone, Chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust "Wishing this marvellous book every success in bringing us the flavour of Jewish Lithuania which is no more" The Association of Baltic Jews in Great Britain