Heddy Kun

Heddy Kun
Elok, Yugoslavia, 1936 –

“Flowers are the heart and soul; they are optimism, eternality. The opposite of sorrow. They have so much happiness in them, that nothing else is required to complete the painting.” -Heddy Kun

Born in Yugoslavia, Kun was separated from her parents in the Second World War. Hiding with her brother and grandmother, she passed through frightening experiences which helped develop her passion for freedom and life … two themes which shine throughout her work. 

Her formal training took place at the Budapest Academy of Art,  and in 1956 she immigrated to Israel where she further studied with Tzvi (Miklos) Adler. Here she developed her unique impressionist style with Cezanne-like influences. In Tel Aviv, Kun set up shop as an artist, starting out by painting flowers on t-shirts and pottery. Flowers are the signature theme that runs through her paintings.

It has been almost 60 years that Heddy Kun has been painting her rich world with strong, bright colors. Her paintings are a relationship and a bridge between realism and impressionism. The changing light and the way the sun affects the painted object – be it mountainscape, stormy sea or a door – are achieved by short and strong brush strokes.

Sea and sky are reflected in each other and constantly change in her paintings. Nature is the apple of her eye and she lovingly expresses it with beautiful flowers, fields, wide valleys, tall mountains and blossoming balconies. Her focus on details creates the classical impression her paintings have.

The girl, who has grown up in the ghetto and undergone the horrors of the holocaust, has not allowed the war to rob her of her optimism and joie de vivre, and she uses these to create her paintings.