Jacob Pins was born into a Jewish family in Höxter, Germany on 17 July 1917 and immigrated to Palestine in 1936 at the age of twenty. After studying under German émigré Jacob Reinhardt (1941-45), he became a noted exponent of the woodcut, developing a highly personal style influenced by both German expressionism and traditional Japanese woodblock printing. In 1946 Pins provided the illustrations for 'Out of the Depths: Selected Poems and Essays' by Shmuel Gorr, with an introduction by Manuel Gelman, published by the Ben Uri Literary Group in Melbourne, Australia. In 1955 a volume of Pins' 'Landscapes' was published in Tel Aviv with an introduction by Eugene Kolb, Director of the Tel Aviv Museum, who observed that the artist had 'worked out a technique of his own and fashioned himself a personal form of expression', which gained him a high reputation in both Israel and the United States. In the same year, these works were shown in a solo exhibition at Ben Uri Gallery at 14 Portman Street, London, under the title 'Woodcuts and Colour Prints by Jacob Pins (Israel)'. From 1956 to 1977, Pins also taught at Israel's leading art schools, most notably Bezalel School of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, where he later became a professor. Celebrated as one of Israel's 'foremost woodcutters', he was also a noted collector. In 1978 he had a second solo exhibition at Ben Uri entitled 'Woodcuts'. Pins also submitted designs to an exhibition of Children's Youth Aliyah Greetings Cards in 1961 and his work has also been shown in mixed Ben Uri exhibitions on numerous occasions including in 1960, 1966, 1970, 1977, 1980, 1983, 2002 and 2004. Jacob Pins died in Jerusalem, Israel on 4 December 2005.