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Solid Landscapes by Leslie Jakobovits at Galería Izamal

By Henry Vermillion

Leslie Jakobovits is an eminently qualified painter, both by education and long experience. His work has a core of integrity that is not often found in art. Let’s be honest: painters have bills to pay, too, and most painters are basically wall decorators. Jakobovits’ vigorous pictures are certainly handsome and more than worthy to grace any home, but at the same time, they are more than decoration. They have the sort of conviction that we recognize in the work of Van Gogh or the early 20th century Expressionists.

Solid Landscapes by Leslie Jakobovits
Sat, Apr 2, 6–8pm
Galería Izamal
Mesones 80

Jakobovits’ work will be featured at Galería Izamal beginning with a reception for the artist and the public Saturday, April 2, from 6–8pm. The gallery is located at Mesones 80, next door to the Angela Peralta Theater, in the heart of downtown San Miguel.

The artist does not stray far from the traditional themes of Western art: landscape, the figure, and still life, but there is nothing hackneyed about the work itself. He often paints the same scene in various versions, varying the tones and placement of key parts. There are several San Miguel landscapes with the Parroquia in the distance. Each is subtly different. El Greco´s “View of Toledo” comes to mind because of the roiling sky and the dark energy of the suggested landscape laid out before us.

Jakobovits’ knowledge of European art is solid. He has taught it in both high school and university and has studied it in New York City, Israel, Germany, Hungary (his parents emigrated from Hungary), and several other countries in Europe. Recently, while in our gallery, he surprised me by replying in Swedish to a pair of visitors from that country.

He has lived and worked in Washington State, Vermont, Texas, and other places, as well as in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in Ajijic, Mexico, before settling in San Miguel. He is currently building a house here.

As always, work by other Izamal artists will be displayed. They are jewelers, María Bracho and Mary Jo Dolle, and the painters Juan Ezcurdia, Roberto López Fuentevilla, Javier García, Bill Morrow, Britt Zaist, and Henry Vermillion.


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