Once Upon A Time in Lithuania
by Naomi Alexander
Introductions by Professor Aubrey Newman and John Russell Taylor
Throughout her career Naomi Alexander has worked as a figurative artist. When invited by the Europas Parkas Museum in Vilnius to be their first painter in residence she decided to draw Jewish culture as her family roots go back to 18th century Lithuania. She draws what she sees: the vast forests and their dark secrets, the poor people that now live in the homes where Jews once lived, dilapidated buildings, synagogues and cemeteries, and the churches that still loom over the old Jewish areas. Additional information and quirky captions give a sense of the present day struggles of Lithuania’s small Jewish community. With introductory articles by John Russell Taylor, The Times art critic, and by Aubrey Newman, Associate Director of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies, University of Leicester.
About the Artist:
Naomi Alexander’s paintings are in collections worldwide, including the Duke of Devonshire’s at Chatsworth and the Sultan of Oman’s. She exhibits regularly at the Royal Academy, the New English Art Club and the Mall Galleries. Also at Spink and Son, Mercury Gallery, David Messum, the Fosse Gallery and the Buxton City Art Gallery. The Victoria and Albert Museum has three of her paintings and several of the Lithuania paintings are in the Europas Parkas Museum collection in Vilnius.
Her work is also included in the collections of Katherine, Viscountess Macmillan, Paintings in Hospitals and Sir Richard Storey. The Second Royal Tank Regiment (Desert Rats), the B’nei Birth Organisation, Lincolns Inn, and Baker Tilly are among the organisations that have given her one-woman shows. She is a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. She is also an experienced Old Master picture restorer.
Paperback -160 pps May 2006
300 x 240mm