This is the only painting I have from Nathan Hilu, although when I saw some of his paintings at an exhibit I should have bought more. His work to me is a tribute to life as well as Torah. His work is a wonderful mix of vibrant colors, combined with humorous 'snapshots' of American Jewish life. Thanks to the Educational Alliance for the use of their article about Mr. Hilu before their exhibit of his works.
Media: Mixed Media on Paper.
Size: 37" by 28".
Signed: Lower Right.
Condition: Some spotting on the mat. Painting itself is in Very Good Vintage Condition.
The Educational Alliance writes: Nathan Hilu is an 83 year old artist who has been drawing almost everyday of his life…(He) draws local shops, shop keepers, synagogues and sites of the Lower East Side. He also does drawings of Jewish Holidays and biblical scenes. Nathan was born in New York City, raised in Pittsburgh, was in the army at the end of World War II, and later was stationed in Korea. At 18 years old, he was a security guard at the Nuremberg trials. In 2008, working from his vivid visual memory, Nathan did a series of drawings of the Nuremberg prison and the occupants. These drawings are in the Holocaust Resource Center Archives at Queensborough Community College. Among other things in his colorful life – when Nathan was sitting on the sidewalk drawing he met Salvador Dali who signed the back of Nathan’s drawing… On his return to New York after the army Rabbi Spiegel helped Nathan find an apartment on Willett Street.
Mr. Hilu has been living on Willett Street ever since, drawing daily with any kind of materials he can find. When I met with him last week, he proudly showed me the drawings in his show and explained in detail what each drawing depicted. “My work is cartooning, that’s what I do,” he said. We looked at his drawings of the Bialystoker Synagogue, Shapiro’s Wine, Doughnut Plant, and a Spanish restaurant, among others. “You see, what I’m trying to show here, because this is the Lower East Side, I’m putting Jewish, Chinese, Latin all together,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye.
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