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Portrait of an Artist: Ivor Weiss (1919-1986) at Weiss Gallery

This Autumn, Mark Weiss of The Weiss Gallery will be hosting a special exhibition of paintings by his father, Ivor Weiss. Portrait of an Artist: Ivor Weiss (1919-1986) will take place at The Weiss Gallery, 59 Jermyn Street, from 2-20 October 2017, to also coincide with Frieze Masters.

Works range from striking landscapes to religious paintings depicting Jewish rituals recalled from his upbringing in London’s East End. Ivor’s interest in figurative representation, stylised abstraction and his love for the painting process are evident among his pieces. 

Antiques News & Fairs - Portrait of an Artist: Ivor Weiss (1919-1986)

Ivor Weiss, The Park Bench, 1967, Signed, Oil on canvas, 48 x 44 ins

Weiss exhibited widely in England and North America throughout his lifetime, and his works feature in several private and public collections, including London’s Ben Uri Gallery.

Ivor Weiss was born in Stepney, London in 1919 to Jewish immigrants from Romania. His talent was evident from a young age, but due to the outbreak of the Second World War, in 1939 he enlisted. During his time serving, he managed to draw and study art, first in Egypt and then in Malta. In 1946, Ivor enrolled at Heatherley’s School of Art in Chelsea, an institution that specialised in figurative art, before moving on to St Martin’s College of Art where he studied painting and History of Art - experiences that shaped his future career as an artist, teacher and art dealer.

Antiques News & Fairs - Portrait of an Artist: Ivor Weiss (1919-1986) 

Ivor Weiss, The Discussion, 1968, Signed, Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 ins

In the 1950s, he and his artist wife, Joan, moved to Alabama, USA, where they established The Weiss Galleries School of Fine Arts. Ivor continued to paint and exhibit, working with a variety of media—from oil painting, to murals, mosaics, jewelry, and textiles.

They returned to Colchester in the 1960s, where they began dealing in art. Soon after, Ivor gave up his career as an art teacher and created a successful art gallery, a path followed by his eldest son Mark Weiss.

Antiques News & Fairs - Portrait of an Artist: Ivor Weiss (1919-1986)

Ivor Weiss, Tefilin, 1971, Signed, Oil on canvas, 60 x 40 ins

In 1969, Ivor and Joan acquired a farmhouse in Tuscany, inspiration for many of the Italian landscapes featured in the exhibition. 

Mark is delighted to host this exhibition of his father’s works, and is looking forward to welcoming visitors to the gallery this autumn: “The last major retrospective was held in 2005 at the Albemarle Gallery, in Mayfair, and with so many wonderful paintings remaining in the family collection, we hope this selling exhibition will assist us further in disseminating the legacy of his life in art.”

Portrait of an Artist: Ivor Weiss (1919-1986) takes place from 2-20 October 2017 at the Weiss Gallery.  For more information, visit The Weiss Gallery.

Antiques News & Fairs - Portrait of an Artist: Ivor Weiss (1919-1986)

Ivor Weiss, Wivenhoe Creek, 1966, Signed, Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 ins

In a related item, we recently published a post about an exhibition of the work of Jewish artists, famed for making a significant impact to British design. Read 'Designs on Britain'.

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