Murray Zimiles

category: Visual,

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Artist Statement

These landscapes contain animals that are painted or drawn on gesturally created landscape fields where paint, pastel, and or ink is poured, tossed and swirled onto canvas or paper. In the paintings the animals, often heavily painted to contrast with the landscape, are simultaneously riveted to and float above these fields. In many of these pictures there are no shadows below them yet they do not disengage from the landscape. In some of these paintings and drawings, no matter where they are placed, the size is often the same throughout, defying traditional rules of perspective. In others they are torqued and distorted almost abstracted. Oddly, they still seem to create space and acknowledge light. The skies are imagined and painted as an essential part of the drama-taking place below. Color is used to create atmosphere, light and to evoke feeling. Essentially these paintings and drawings both acknowledge and violate the landscape painting tradition. As with all my work the surface is important but there is much below it that intends to provoke thought and stir the emotions.

Educational Background

MFA/Painting and Printmaking, Cornell University, 1965 BFA/Painting and Printmaking, University of Illinois, 1963 Additional Professional Training: Atelier Clot - Bramson, Paris, France, 1966 Advanced training in lithography at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, France, 1965