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.
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.
In practice, life drawing will involves timed poses. Two figures from the same pose demonstrates a sure control.
What was probably a 10 minute pose done with brush and wash is particularly convincing.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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