Hanna Eshel, ‘Untitled’, ca. 1970, Patrick Parrish Gallery

Hanna Eshel (b. 1926), originally from Jerusalem, is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York. Oil, burlap, paper and bronze have been some of her favorite materials during her long and prolific life, but she is best known for her work in carved marble—a skill she honed from 1972-1978 while living and practicing in Carrara, Italy. In 1978, Eshel relocated to New York City with 20,000 pounds of sculpture, including this adjustable, biomorphic piece.

About Hanna Eshel

Over the course of her long and prolific career, Hanna Eshel has produced a widely varied body of work that includes collage, oil painting, and sculpture. She studied painting in the 1950s, and her early works were textured oil paintings on burlap; over time, these paintings became increasingly three-dimensional, amounting to images on both sides of assemblage elements. Eshel discovered her passion and affinity for marble sculpture during a sojourn in Italy, after which she began to create her most iconic stone sculptures with fissures. “It seemed that with this trembling line I was expressing a tension that was appearing everywhere, ” she has said. Eshel moved to New York City in the 1970s and began to make her photo-paintings, in which she extended sections of photographs with paint.

Israeli, b. 1926