Oona, the nearly life-size depiction of a woman from three different perspectives, strikes a balance between portrait-like representation and precise placement through the sparse use of fresh colors. She is modern, perhaps a bit stylish. Katz has the same command of the large format as he does of his craft.
Oona (2009) Öl auf Leinwand (168 x 122cm) Sammlung Würth
„HIS PAINTINGS ARE GENERALLY CREATED DURING A SINGLE EIGHT-HOUR WORKING CYCLE WITHOUT ANY INTERIM STEPS.“
KATZ LETS HIS ART SHINE
Every step is planned precisely, from the initial sketches to the composition and on to defining the palette of colors. This wet-on-wet technique for painting lends the pictures transparency and brightness so that they appear to be suffused with light, making even matte colors glow.
The resulting work with its mathematically defined composition and classic structure captivates with a combination of cool elegance and its own unique style. When asked as a young artist what he wished to portray with his pictures, he responded: “Something hot done in a cool way.” That still describes art made by the painter who has since reached his nineties.
FROM KREUZLINGEN, 9 YEARS
Elias über “Oona”
I like the picture. I think the background is great. Yellow is my favorite color and I love summer. I see three women. I can imagine that they are triplets because they look alike. They are wearing white dresses with shades of gray and all three of them are wearing hats. The hats are brown with a kind of gray line. My mom wears something like that in the summertime and my step-father has a hat like that, too.
The sky seems to be above them and maybe the women are at the beach. All three have blond hair. They are wearing lipstick, in a very bright shade of red. All three of them also have the same eye color. Kind of a blue-gray. Their hair goes down to their shoulders. One of the women seems to be offended, the other one is maybe showing off or is somehow conceited. You can tell because the one has her arms crossed and the other is looking annoyed.