Jerome Witkin is well known for his historical narratives, particularly those dealing with atrocities of the Holocaust. He skillfully depicts the passage of the time – simultaneously fast and slow – using panels to divide the picture plane like a storyboard, a technique familiar to screen writers and stage directors. Within the panels, figures are repeated in altered poses to suggest the sequence of time and movement. His paintings are often unsettling and difficult to look at, and once seen impossible to forget. Witkin’s extraordinary composition and skillful handling of the paint surface add a strange beauty to an otherwise disturbing subject.
Mr. Witkin was a Visiting Artist in the Department of Communication Arts in 2005.