Ilona Royce Smithkin,
The Sixties, New York City and Provincetown
by John Mark Lucas
In the 1960s, Ilona Royce Smithkin began to evolve as both an artist and a woman. Living in New York City and studying at The Art Students League, she produced a series of portraits that show her transition from a dark and moody realistic style to a light, impressionistic manner. These works were uncovered in Ilona's studio and had not been seen in over 30 years.
In this exhibit catalog, Ilona reflects on her life in the 1960s, her teachers, and the models in the 13 paintings featured in this show.
(Catalog from the 2009 exhibit at the J.Lucas Gallery in Provincetown, MA.)