The Mind of the Painter
Divergent Elements, 1996. Oil on canvas 84" x 72"
Floating Torso I, 2001. Oil on canvas 72" x 72"
Untitled, 1969. Oil on canvas 65- 1/2" x 55-1/2"
Untitled, 2002. Oil on canvas 68" x 52"
Untitled, 1994. Oil on canvas, 80" x 72"
Untitled, 1987. Oil on canvas 87" x 70"
...The fact is that as an artist, Julius Hatofsky has always pursued a highly individual course of his own. This has inevitably set his work at a distance from the accepted tastes of the critics, the curators, and the collectors who have made the contemporary art world what it is today. Whatever this has cost him in the way of isolation from the limelight of that art world, it has allowed him to work at a pace and in a spirit appropriate to the artistic tasks he has set for himself. The result is an oeuvre of uncommon beauty and distinction - an art in the presence of which, as Ruskin said of Turner, "the mind of the beholder...feels itself overpowered and borne away by that of the Painter."
©1996 Hilton Kramer