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.
(Catalog from the 2009 exhibit at the J.Lucas Gallery in Provincetown, MA.)