David Kassan is creating a painting of Eleven Survivors of Auschwitz to be exhibited at
70

patrons

$808
per month

Searching to make a painting that is imposing, eternal, and immovable!

As an artist, I am always trying to improve and challenge myself with paintings that are of increasing complexity and importance. In January 2017, I traveled with videographer Chloe to Los Angeles from NYC to meet with eleven Survivors of Auschwitz so that we could take my current series of paintings of Survivors of the Shoah to the next level. This newest painting will be a life-sized representation of all eleven Survivors of Auschwitz and will be approximately 18 feet long and 8 feet high.


Documenting. Chloe and I have been filming interviews with all of the Survivors in the series in order to document their lives and inspiring words. We are also going to film each step of the process in the creation of this large painting in order to educate about the artistic journey as well as the journeys of the Survivors.

I need your support. Working through a two-year project like this is risk for an artist and for this reason I need your help to make this happen. This painting is not a commissioned painting. There is no guarantee of its sale, only a guarantee of its impact. The scale, complexity and meaning of this painting will make it a piece of art that cannot be ignored. When completed, there will be a painting as well as a film that will educate and inspire. At this moment, I do have some funding from the USC Fisher Museum of Art and the USC Shoah Foundation as well as an Exhibition planned for the Spring of 2019 at the Fisher Museum. In these early stages I have been running into a lot of costs that I hadn't considered in advance; crating, shipping, video editing, web site development, writing, travel and lodging expenses. Your support will help me to make all of these expenses disappear! Most importantly, your support will let me know that you believe in this project and that you want to be a part of this meaningful and timely initiative. In the spring of 2019, we can all celebrate together at the Fisher Museum of Art opening, you guys are all invited!!

Meeting with Survivors of Auschwitz at the Museum of Tolerance.

photo by Andy Romanoff

This is the digital painting thumbnail for composition purposes. [painted in ArtRage on the iPad Pro]


There is a rawness to painting that makes its portrayal of the human condition more relatable to the viewer than the mechanical replication of the same subject in video or photography. These mediums place a barrier between the viewer and the subject, whereas the richness and tactile feel of a painting breaks through to us as humans. These works are handmade, imperfect, life-sized and speak to what the survivor has been through, what they’ve overcome, and the hard work in their lives after the atrocities. These paintings speak to us in a deeply connected way and inspire with each survivor’s strength.

Working on "Love and Resilience, Louise and Lazar Farkas." oil on panel, life-sized.

The number of survivors from the war–both who simply lived through it and those who suffered at its most terrible expressions–has dwindled to the low hundreds of thousands, and that number shrinks daily. The stories of Holocaust survivors, their suffering and the lives they’ve carved out for themselves, deserve to be told. They remind all societies to counter not just anti-Semitism, but all forms of intolerance. This intimate face of the Holocaust teaches us how to protect, promote and defend human rights in today’s world.

My Connection. In 1917, a young Murray Kassan immigrated to the United States, escaping ethnic cleansing on the border of the Ukraine and Romania by the Cossacks. Murray was my grandfather, and his story of survival is a vague unfocused legend in my family for many reasons. When my father was fifteen years old, Murray was estranged from the family and my father never saw him again. He passed away when I was very little and I never got to meet him, his story of survival is now only fragmented memories.

Painting for me is also my way of understanding the world around me, my way of connecting, and my excuse to interact and learn. In this project, it’s my personal way of connecting to my grandfather’s lost story. With every survivor’s story that I hear and record into a painting, I feel that I move closer to the connection with my grandfather that I never had. My brush paints a link between us.

These paintings represent the perseverance and the strength of the human spirit. I endeavor to respect and show the dignity of each survivor and tell his or her story.



USC Shoah Foundation

USC Fisher Museum of Art
The Jerry Goldstein Foundation
The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation
Museum of Tolerance - Los Angeles 
Tiers
Mensch
$5 or more per month 27 patrons
Mensch·es  (mĕn′shən) Informal. A person  of integrity and honor. [Yiddish]

Exclusive Process Photos!  -

photos throughout the entire process painting this Eleven Figure painting as well as The Edut Project paintings! Learn with me as I make this painting.


Access to LIVE STREAMING - DRAWING AND PAINTING

Mitzvahs
$10 or more per month 27 patrons
- Exclusive Process Posts - Photos throughout the entire process painting this Eleven Figure painting! Learn with me as I make this painting.

- Access to LIVE STREAMING - DRAWING AND PAINTING


-Raw Interview footage with the painting's Survivors. Hear their amazing stories of Survival.  

-Plus your name in the Fisher Museum Exhibition Catalog as a supporter.

Chai
$18 or more per month 22 patrons
Chai - Chet is equivalent to 8 and yud is equivalent to 10. So "chai", chet and yud together, equals 18. Giving money in multiples of $18 is symbolic of giving "chai" or life.

For those that want all of the rewards below and would love to help out a little more.

- Access to LIVE STREAMING - DRAWING AND PAINTING

Goals
$808 of $1,200 per month
Once I hit 1200 I will be able to afford for Chloe and I to visit Auschwitz in order to photograph and sketch walls for reference for the background for the large painting.
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Searching to make a painting that is imposing, eternal, and immovable!

As an artist, I am always trying to improve and challenge myself with paintings that are of increasing complexity and importance. In January 2017, I traveled with videographer Chloe to Los Angeles from NYC to meet with eleven Survivors of Auschwitz so that we could take my current series of paintings of Survivors of the Shoah to the next level. This newest painting will be a life-sized representation of all eleven Survivors of Auschwitz and will be approximately 18 feet long and 8 feet high.


Documenting. Chloe and I have been filming interviews with all of the Survivors in the series in order to document their lives and inspiring words. We are also going to film each step of the process in the creation of this large painting in order to educate about the artistic journey as well as the journeys of the Survivors.

I need your support. Working through a two-year project like this is risk for an artist and for this reason I need your help to make this happen. This painting is not a commissioned painting. There is no guarantee of its sale, only a guarantee of its impact. The scale, complexity and meaning of this painting will make it a piece of art that cannot be ignored. When completed, there will be a painting as well as a film that will educate and inspire. At this moment, I do have some funding from the USC Fisher Museum of Art and the USC Shoah Foundation as well as an Exhibition planned for the Spring of 2019 at the Fisher Museum. In these early stages I have been running into a lot of costs that I hadn't considered in advance; crating, shipping, video editing, web site development, writing, travel and lodging expenses. Your support will help me to make all of these expenses disappear! Most importantly, your support will let me know that you believe in this project and that you want to be a part of this meaningful and timely initiative. In the spring of 2019, we can all celebrate together at the Fisher Museum of Art opening, you guys are all invited!!

Meeting with Survivors of Auschwitz at the Museum of Tolerance.

photo by Andy Romanoff

This is the digital painting thumbnail for composition purposes. [painted in ArtRage on the iPad Pro]


There is a rawness to painting that makes its portrayal of the human condition more relatable to the viewer than the mechanical replication of the same subject in video or photography. These mediums place a barrier between the viewer and the subject, whereas the richness and tactile feel of a painting breaks through to us as humans. These works are handmade, imperfect, life-sized and speak to what the survivor has been through, what they’ve overcome, and the hard work in their lives after the atrocities. These paintings speak to us in a deeply connected way and inspire with each survivor’s strength.

Working on "Love and Resilience, Louise and Lazar Farkas." oil on panel, life-sized.

The number of survivors from the war–both who simply lived through it and those who suffered at its most terrible expressions–has dwindled to the low hundreds of thousands, and that number shrinks daily. The stories of Holocaust survivors, their suffering and the lives they’ve carved out for themselves, deserve to be told. They remind all societies to counter not just anti-Semitism, but all forms of intolerance. This intimate face of the Holocaust teaches us how to protect, promote and defend human rights in today’s world.

My Connection. In 1917, a young Murray Kassan immigrated to the United States, escaping ethnic cleansing on the border of the Ukraine and Romania by the Cossacks. Murray was my grandfather, and his story of survival is a vague unfocused legend in my family for many reasons. When my father was fifteen years old, Murray was estranged from the family and my father never saw him again. He passed away when I was very little and I never got to meet him, his story of survival is now only fragmented memories.

Painting for me is also my way of understanding the world around me, my way of connecting, and my excuse to interact and learn. In this project, it’s my personal way of connecting to my grandfather’s lost story. With every survivor’s story that I hear and record into a painting, I feel that I move closer to the connection with my grandfather that I never had. My brush paints a link between us.

These paintings represent the perseverance and the strength of the human spirit. I endeavor to respect and show the dignity of each survivor and tell his or her story.



USC Shoah Foundation

USC Fisher Museum of Art
The Jerry Goldstein Foundation
The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation
Museum of Tolerance - Los Angeles 

Recent posts by David Kassan

Tiers
Mensch
$5 or more per month 27 patrons
Mensch·es  (mĕn′shən) Informal. A person  of integrity and honor. [Yiddish]

Exclusive Process Photos!  -

photos throughout the entire process painting this Eleven Figure painting as well as The Edut Project paintings! Learn with me as I make this painting.


Access to LIVE STREAMING - DRAWING AND PAINTING

Mitzvahs
$10 or more per month 27 patrons
- Exclusive Process Posts - Photos throughout the entire process painting this Eleven Figure painting! Learn with me as I make this painting.

- Access to LIVE STREAMING - DRAWING AND PAINTING


-Raw Interview footage with the painting's Survivors. Hear their amazing stories of Survival.  

-Plus your name in the Fisher Museum Exhibition Catalog as a supporter.

Chai
$18 or more per month 22 patrons
Chai - Chet is equivalent to 8 and yud is equivalent to 10. So "chai", chet and yud together, equals 18. Giving money in multiples of $18 is symbolic of giving "chai" or life.

For those that want all of the rewards below and would love to help out a little more.

- Access to LIVE STREAMING - DRAWING AND PAINTING