Born 1936, Johannesburg, South Africa - Died 2006
"Witkin seems capable of making bronze do everything but sit up and speak." (Philadelphia Inquirer's late art critic, Edward J. Sozanski)
Isaac Witkin was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1936. At the age of 21 the sculptor moved to London where he attended St. Martin’s School of Art. It is during this time, the late 1950s and early 1960s, that St. Martin’s established a reputation for being the most exciting place in Britain to study sculpture. In large part this was due to the stellar faculty that Witkin encountered—one of his teachers being sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. He later served as an apprentice to British sculptor, Henry Moore from 1961-1963. Witkin gained a reputation during this time for his bold constructivist steel works.
In 1965, Witkin emigrated to the United States and became a professor at Bennington College, from 1965-79. In the 1980s, Witkin expanded his sculptural vocabulary by continuing to experiment with with foundry techniques and began his collobartive relationship with The Johnson Atelier. Witkin liked to pour molten metal directly into a bed of sand, drawing the metal into shapes as it hardened. These shaped created by the cooled and hardened metal served as points of departure and inspired the forms in his work.
Witkin lived and worked in Pemberton, NJ at the time of his death, April 23, 2006.