Artist favoured by celebrities dies
ARTIST DORA Holzhandler, who has died at the age of 87, was a favourite of celebrities attracted to her naive painting style.
Her admirers included the late Charlie Chaplin, whose portrait she painted, as well as actress Maureen Lipman and the comedian Jack Dee, both of whom opened exhibitions for her during her career.
Ms Holzhandler died at her home in London last week “surrounded by her family”, according to a statement.
She was born in Paris in 1928 to Polish-Jewish parents. Her grandfather was killed in Auschwitz and her family fled Poland to settle in east London.
A self-declared “Jew-Bu”, she drew inspiration from her Jewish life and her conversion to Buddhism.
A spokesperson for the family said: “She was a feisty woman who was ahead of her time… she forged a highly successful career among a mid-century male-dominated art world, sticking resolutely to her distinctive style.
“Above all, her devotion to her role as wife, mother and grandmother shone continuously through her subject matter.”
Art writer Julia Weiner said her work was hugely popular with the Anglo-Jewish community for its nostalgic portrayal of Jewish life in an age before technology.
She added that she was well known for her depictions of festivals and Jewish life-cycle events. Dora Holzhandler had a distinctive naive style