Betty Schoenberg

Artist Information:

Betty Schoenberg passed away on Friday, April 2, 2004. Through her bold and playful artwork, she found glimpses of light in the darkest subjects: the 9/11 attacks on New York City, the Holocaust, and her own battle with cancer.

It was only a Paper Moon (2003)
24x 24, multimedia on wooden panel, acrylic and drawing

Artist Statement: This was started while I was still in bed after surgery in August 2002, and was completed in 2003. This started my healing after I learned that I had cancer and would have to have a series of chemotherapies, which I am still on.


Illusions #4 (2000)
24x30, acrylic on canvas

Artist Statement: Part of a series of five paintings dealing with illusion, mostly abstract.


The Prisoners (1990-1993)
53x60, mixed media

Artist Statement: After visiting two concentration camps in Poland, Auschwitz and Birkenau, I took photos of the actual prisoners that were shown on a wall at Auschwitz. After returning home, I was inspired to work on this painting and then completed twenty-one others on the subject. I didn't complete the series for three years. It was shown at the Brand Library, Glendale, Los Angeles Hillel and the Lancaster Museum. Several pieces were in that show, and two pieces were in the Dubin Galleries and the Wilshire Blvd. Temple show "Memory & Meaning: The Holocaust Through the Eyes of the Artist".


Celestial Beings (1999-2000)
40 x 30 acrylic on canvas

Artist Statement: It was during the holdiays and I was in a spiritual mood. This work was made into greeting cards and sent to friends.


Wings of Terror (2002)
multimedia, acrylic collage on Arches paper

Artist Statement: I received a tin replica at a lecture at an artist's studio, as an exchange gift. I kept this and some images I had of Rockefeller Center. The result was this work.


September 11th (2002)
36 x 60, multimedia, special water-based oil paint

Artist Statement: After seeing a small photo by an architect printed in an art magazine. The twisted shards and the oversized plaza were two images that I couldn't forget. The architect wrote that the oversized plaza helped save lives.


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