David Schluss, born in 1943, began studying art at an early age. He was fascinated by form and texture even as a child and as a young boy was eager to paint. He attended school in the ancient city of Jaffa, the historical seaport in central Israel. It was there that the mystical walls of the city and the austere religion of the historic churches, temples and monasteries captivated him.
Influence from great masters such as Chagall, Miró, and Botero inspired Schluss to create his own individualized style and technique of painting. He began experimenting by using different techniques. Once when working on a painting he created an area on the canvas which he did not like. As artists do, he grabbed a rag to wipe the area of its image and in the process made an accidental discovery. The image that he had created by using his hands and a rag was far more interesting than what he had created with his brush.
It was this lucky accident that prompted Schluss to start painting with his hands. Since that fortuitous day, the Israeli-born artist has never looked back and continues to this day to paint his works by using no paintbrush or spatula. He explains, “I must feel and sense the canvas as it takes its personality from the oils and materials I use. I don’t really know at the beginning what will develop. I start with the abstract, and figures emerge. With the palm of my hands I can get a play of light that I could never achieve with a brush.”
His recent works reflect celebration, joy and enthusiasm rather than sadness and sorrow, which he attributes to his move from chilly Montreal to sun-drenched Florida. It is with this unique insight that Schluss creates his joyous playful images. Elegant musicians and dancers adorned with rainbows of color are signature figures that appear in his current works. Their whimsy and gracefulness exemplify the beauty of his artistic style.
The works of David Schluss are exhibited in art galleries all over the world. The artist travels frequently doing one-man shows throughout the United States and South America. His works have been displayed in the Teffen Museum in Israel, the Sheraton and Hilton in Tel-Aviv and in many private and public collections throughout the world.
As David Schluss persists on challenging himself with new creativity and artistic experimentation, his works continue to flourish with originality and vision. Through the eyes of this artist one can be lured into his magical world of hope and joy and can be enlightened by the inspiration of his paintings.