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Minimalist Paintings by John Zurier

A monochromatic abstract painting made using deep green tonesStapi, oil on linen

John Zurier was born in Santa Monica, California, and now lives and works between Berkeley, California, and Reykjavik, Iceland. The artist is known for his minimalist paintings that tend toward a monochromatic colour scheme, focusing on the texture and arrangement of brush marks across the canvas.


An abstract painting on linen using Earthy, natural tonesAt Havalsnes, distemper on linen

 

Some of Zurier’s paintings, and the way he emphasizes the texture and materiality of the paint, call to mind the late Robert Ryman. Zurier’s works are obviously more colour-focused, and seem to take a more playful, gentle approach to this particular style of working. The artist works in a wide range of dimensions, with gallery installations displaying everything from letter-sized sheets to large-scale works as tall as the gallery walls themselves.

 

It’s interesting to note the tension between strict monochrome and more nuanced painting styles in Zurier’s work. The way the artist keeps his brush marks visible allows for minute variations in shade and tone, lending to a more voluminous look for his works.


A monochrome painting in bright blueUntitled


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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