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Jacob Pins

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  Born: Hoexter, Germany, 1917 Studied: Under Jacob Steinhardt Immigrated: 1936 Teaches at the Bezalel Art School, and is active as a painter and graphic artist. Shows:Ten one-man shows in Israeli museums and galleries, 1945-1960. Three one-man shows in the U.S.A. One-man shows in Colombia, London, Zurich, Melbourne, 1953-1963. Participated in numerous international exhibitions of graphic art, including: Nero e Bianco, 1955, First International Biennale of Prints, Tokyo 1957, Biennale of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, 1959-1961. Venice Biennale, 1960 Xylon, International Woodcut Exhibiton, 1959-1962 30th Anniversary International Exhibition of Japanese Print Association, 1962 Participated in 20 exhibitions of Israeli art abroad - in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Paris, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Brazil, Chile, etc. Awards: Jerusalem Municipality Special Prize, 1962 Special Envoy to Japan, on behalf of the Israel Foreign Ministry and the Israel Painters' and Sculptors' Association 1965: Elected honorary member of the "Belle Arte" in Florence. Pins' entire artistic development took place in this country, and his first steps in art were guided by Jacob Steinhardt. Nevertheless, in his art he draws on many sources, notably European expressionism and Far Eastern art, which are fused by his artistic personality. Part of his graphic work is distinctly expressionistic, reminiscent of the German expressionism of the 1920's. Pins has often depicted beggars, the blind, the sick, and people tortured by anguish, in a highly expressive manner bordering on overstatement. Far Eastern art taught him plastic values of a different order: poetic quintessences, economy of means, understatement. Pin's mastery of the woodcut technique, has won him admirers throughout the world. He uses dramatic juxtaposition of black and white surfaces, and follows the texture and grain of the wood for a natural effect. He uses color, but it usually remains subordinate to line and composition. Some of his portraits and stylized animals have a stark simplicity.