Making art, for me, is done out of necessity. I am addicted to it, and need it like a junkie needs a fix. I honestly find myself going through ‘art withdrawal’ if days go by without painting or drawing, or art-making in some form. I have been drawing since the first day I was able to hold a pencil, and painting for just as long.
If I’m able to alleviate people’s minds from whatever concerns or issues are troubling them, I do it with a sense of whimsy. Humor plays a major role in my work, even going so far as to poke fun at art itself, as though it were a living, breathing entity. It’s my way of keeping art in check, and a reminder not to take myself too seriously.
My latest work has been dealing with random patterns and textures, which I create myself, as well as a sense of detachment from any pre-conceived or planned ideas for works I may create. For years I have been using found imagery such as clip-art, comics, or advertisements as the starting point for my work. Lately, with my “Drawn Collage” series, I have been creating my own imagery, and drawing or painting it in a style that mimics the look of a ‘cut and paste’ collage. You could say, I’m going backwards from my usual approach to art…which is good. Playing around with different styles and mediums is important to me, as it keeps things fresh. I have no desire to become the master of any one particular genre; that is to regimental for my taste, and there are far too many different approaches to art making that I would like to try. The creative ideas in my head are like problems or puzzles that need to be solved… and the answer to these puzzles dictate the style and mediums I will choose to complete them.
- Dan Donaldson
Paul Zacharias was born and raised in Manitoba, graduated in 1998 from the University of Manitoba Fine Arts Honors program. He lived in Montreal for some years traversing the country to plant trees in British Columbia seasonally. He has exhibited across Canada and in the United States. He currently lives in Winnipeg where he also works as an artist in Film, Theatre, Ballet and the Opera.
Loneliness haunts these paintings. Sharply-detailed, solitary characters traverse surreal, endless landscapes. The hunger of artists, the sex lives of revolutionaries, and the secret love and loss that travellers carry within. Zacharias paints on wood, the grain of which is a dimension onto itself. One that ebbs and flows from background to forefront, from watery skies and cavernous walls, to the texture of tools, and skin. A familiar glue binding the narratives together, as dark matter, the smoke that all things swim in.
- Paul Zacharias
opening reception friday june 08, 2012
* artists will be in attendance