Gallery Paule Anglim is pleased to exhibit new paintings by John Zurier. His new canvases will be presented in a special installation with new sculptures by John Beech.*
Zurier’s exhibition will feature a group of large vertical paintings on linen, each an open composition
of nearly transparent gestures of variations of light blue. Fascinated by the movement of light and color across a surface, the artist seeks a simplicity wherein this sensation becomes embedded in the painting’s surface. Above all, Zurier is interested in a naturalness and directness in the relationship of viewer to the artwork.
Evidenced by their titles, the paintings were inspired by a trip the artist took to Sweden and Finnland. For the most part the names are towns in Finnland.
With a 25-year career in painting, John Zurier consciously addresses the material fact of painting and painting’s history. His reductive, nearly monochrome, soft-hued abstract paintings play at crossing the line into representation. Filled with an awareness of nature, they evoke the silence of luminous weather and the presence of a human touch.
John Zurier lives and works in Berkeley, CA. Recent exhibitions include: Peter Blum Gallery, New York 2007; Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2005; Exodus: Between Promise and Fulfillment, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, England, 2003; Oblaka, Peer Trust, London, England, 2003; Whitney Biennial 2002, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 2002.