Ed Lessing Jerusalem Moment Watercolor on Paper


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Upstream on Paper

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Left, Otter Cliffs (Tree of Life),

Rachel Whitlow,

Pen & Ink on Paper 2015

Ed Lessing

Then and Now


Holocaust survivor Ed Lessing concluded a long successful career as a graphic designer years ago.  Today, at age 90, he continues to document his memories of war-torn Holland and time spent in Israel before coming to the U.S.  In Now & Then his Holocaust memories, landscapes and loving portraits of family members are all equally moving.  Lessing's singular watercolor language employs graphics, text and close observation to great effect.


Ed Lessing on how he came to be an artist


"Firstly, I must thank my Father.  He was a Jewish cellist who in 1942 had to go into hiding in German occupied Holland to escape death from the Holocaust.


He hid for two years in a small room where he could not practice his instrument.  In frustration, he turned instead to drawing and painting still lifes and self portraits.


He inspired me, and in 1959 I began attending Pratt Institute, later opening a graphic design studio that kept me busy until retirement.


After I retired, a good friend showed me some lovely watercolor sketches he had painted during his vacation. I was instantly captivated.


The next day I went shopping for paints, watercolor-paper and brushes.


While studying at Pratt I concentrated on abstract art, but as I aged and began to portray emotional memories of scenes and people in my past, I turned to a more representational style of painting.


Through style or choice of subject matter, I also often feel the need to infuse into my artwork messages, important to me and hopefully to the world."


-- Ed Lessing



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