Graphics of Zeke Ziner (1919-2006)

On display are works from the Ziner Art Collection showcasing the versatility of this twentieth century master artist. VIEW ALL

Spirit Man

Spirit Man

Oil on linen, this is an unfinished work from 1956 or so, that was too evocative and unusual to ignore. It does contain the elements of a recurring theme in the artist’s work, old age and trees. Under the heavy paint can be seen a bright color scheme from an underlying painting.

Two Children

Two Children

  This is a monoprint on washi, Japanese hand-made paper. With a monoprint, the inks are worked on glass and the paper is laid down, transferring the image.  

In-laws

In-laws

In the 1960’s Zeke turned to his brush and ink-wash techniques to describe modern relationships. This was one of the more pithy ones and never sold. See also, Family Group. It is drawn with a brush with sumi, black, on washi, Japanese hand-made paper.

Midsummer

Midsummer

This is a sheet from the book, Improvisations, 1954, that was organized by the Chicago chapter of the Artist’s Equity Association. 40 artists were each given a lithographic plate which they worked directly. Sponsors from the paper and print industries helped fund it. Zeke chose to depict the friendship of two boys in a playground, one […]

Monhegan Island, ‘79

Monhegan Island, ‘79

Out in the plein air, on vacation in Maine, Zeke made many drawings with a rapid, calligraphic  brush and wash. Sumi or carbon black ink with water on washi,  Japanese hand-made paper was his medium of choice for some of his most expressive drawings through the decades. These were some of the first papers friend Aiko […]

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