Menasheh Kadishman had a thing about sheep, and goats. Like everything else he managed in his 82 years on terra firma, the celebrated painter, sculptor and graphic artist, who died on Friday, got to grips with his iconic woolly subjects firsthand.
Kadishman was always the most downto- earth of artists, and of people. He was a no-frills character whose idea of sartorial elegance was frequently simply a matter of donning an outsized white shirt and boxer shorts. If the weather was a bit on the cool side he would add a raincoat which had seen better days. Imagine TV detective Columbo with a paint brush, or a sculptor’s chisel in his hand, add a bushy beard and you’ll get the picture.