The James Blackstone Memorial Library

James Blackstone Memorial Library

Mr. Ziner donated his services to the citizen’s committee for the restoration of the library, preparing informational materials for print. The drawing style evokes an engraving contemporary with the neo-classical subject. Pen and ink on film. The drawing was made “for the camera”, to be reduced somewhat and used in a layout. While it was undoubtably drawn as an […]

The Brothers

The Brothers

This warmly dressed pair of young men came from Zeke Ziner’s Imaginary Ancestors, a series of related portrait drawings and prints depicting turn-of-the-century immigrants who may or may not be relatives. Schwartz and Roite were painted with watercolors on washi, hand-made paper. On the back of this drawing are two other fellows, unfinished.  

Family Group

Family Group

In the 1960′s Zeke turned to his brush and ink-wash techniques to describe modern relationships of dependence and protection. Signed, “Family Group #1 Jan.’63, Zeke Ziner”

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.

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.  

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 […]

ife Study, Standing Nude

Life Study, Standing Nude

January, 1980, this would be from a life drawing session either at the Dobbs Ferry Library or  the Tarrytown Arts Center.  Anyone who practices drawing from the figure knows the difficulty of rendering a tall standing figure.

Life Study, Seated nude

Life Study, Seated Nude

In practice, life drawing will involves timed poses. Two figures from the same pose demonstrates a sure control.

Live Study Seated nude

Live Study Seated Nude

What was probably a 10 minute pose done with brush and wash is particularly convincing.

Life Study, left hand

Life Study, Left Hand

These studies are particularly effective as there are no indecisive lines, no corrections or blurring over. The left hand would have to model for the right sometimes.

Eine Kleine Knacht Music II

Eine kleine Nachtmusik II

Study for Night Music

Study for Night Music

More Relics, BC

More Relics, BC

Plan for sculpture

Plan for Sculpture

Do the drawings of sculptural inventions, obviously metallic, nearly build-able, represent abstract expression in an future age, a eutectic of metal-form and organic complexity? There is an inhuman quality to these forms yet they bristle and sway like something alive. Under a cap or mantle, is it a shell or perhaps an expanding sail that […]

Plans for Sculpture

Plans for Sculpture

Do the drawings of sculptural inventions, obviously metallic, nearly build-able, represent abstract expression in an future age, a eutectic of metal-form and organic complexity? There is an inhuman quality to these forms yet they bristle and sway like something alive. Under a cap or mantle, is it a shell or perhaps an expanding sail that […]

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 […]

Self portrait at 70

Self-portrait at 70

This print is dated September, ’89 which means that Mr Ziner was carving the block for this print in the days leading up to his 70th birthday, August 27, 1989. In this self-portrait is included the stainless steel sculptures which took so long to make yet defined him as a vital artist even in those […]

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.

Old Man and Tree

Old Man and Tree

Large brush and ink drawing on washi, hand-made Japanese paper.

Tourists, Hydra

Tourists, Hydra

This detailed composition shows the tour-boat crowd bustling along the old waterfront.

Fishermen, Harbor at Hydra

Fishermen, Harbor at Hydra

This color linoleum block print required four separate and registered blocks carved, one for each color. The edition size was limited to 88 numbered prints. The print in the exhibit is a printer’s proof, extra to the edition and signed by both the artist and the printer. Prints from this unique edition are for sale through […]

Harbor at Hydra

Harbor at Hydra

This color linoleum block print required four separate registered blocks carved, one for each color. Zeke planned and carved his compositions with the skill of an engraver and the freedom of a painter, combining an uncanny cutting technique with a highly focused imagination. The edition was limited to 88 to demonstrate sustained control over a difficult process. This […]

Tourists, Hydra

Tourists, Hydra

The busy waterfront is complete with donkey carts and traveling priests. The town rises up the hills from the harbor. These prints were based on 1969 trip sketches, photographs and impressions that came to fruition twenty years later in this print series. This item is currently available for purchase.

Hydra Quay

Hydra Quay

In this linoleum block print we see wine and cement staged for transport by cart and boat. The geometry of the town continues as a motif throughout most of the print series and sketches of the harbor at Hydra, Greece. This print goes well with “Tourists, Hydra” which continues the busy waterfront complete with donkey carts […]

Rocks

Rocks

Zeke produced a series of oil on paper paintings which seemed to study the effects of gravity and balance on settling rocks.  The results are these serendipitous arrangements with great stability and calm yet infused with the feeling that it could have turned out differently. It was drawn from the imagination. When compared to the other […]

Color Tree

Color Tree

Oil on paper A color invention in the form of the sculptural tree, that enigmatic form that Zeke loved to explore. Oil paints and printing inks were applied with knives and brushes to good effect. “Over the years similar images and forms recur as if each of us possesses a fluid bank of scripts which we never exhaust.”     Z.Z.  1980