Paraphrasing Chaim Soutine

SOUTINE'S HAND, D. Pavlotsky (2016), ink on paper, 24x18in                                AUTUMN TREES, CHAMPIGNY, C. Soutine (1942), oil on canvas

SOUTINE'S HAND, D. Pavlotsky (2016), ink on paper, 24x18in                                AUTUMN TREES, CHAMPIGNY, C. Soutine (1942), oil on canvas

These ink portraits of Chaim Soutine (1893-1943) are a small fraction of more than a hundred drawings of his face created to establish connection to his turbulent interior landscape. The portraits are internal and are not of his physical features. Just like my friend Soutine, who was always taking risks and on the edge of failure, I’ve also ruined and destroyed many drawings. Destruction was part of the process. That’s why a knife and my own spit were the tools in this process, along with the brush and pen. “Uncontrollable” and frenzied marks come from deep within and once visible offer something nourishing in return.

All portraits are 17 x 14 in