Description In the death camps, beside the crematoria, a string quartet was ordered to perform while the prisoners entered the death chambers, the musicians were the people who shared the same fate; so they would play classical pieces as their fellow prisoners were being killed and burned.This image was Inspired by and created for a Spadecaller Video featuring Leonard Cohen's song by the same title. http://youtu.be/5_j4f0HiEh0
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his convictions and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Spadecaller showcase his digital paintings, poetry, and other mixed media images by creating videos; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.