Tim Zuck’s dedicated approach to painting and drawing has produced a distinct and visually striking body of work. His images are deceptively simple on the surface; upon focused looking they reveal complex formal relationships that underscore the process of perception. Landscape, still life, abstraction, and the human figure have been the focus of his investigations. Often, his works will hover between categories, subtly examining the codes of representation. Zuck’s process is intense. The formal elements of each piece are meticulously re-worked until the desired effect is achieved. As a result, each painting or drawing is condensed and lucid, a concentration which creates resonance with the viewer. Each image contains a vivid sense of visual discovery.
Zuck earned a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 1971 and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia in 1972, both gathering places for an international group of conceptual artists. During his studies Zuck explored a range of process-oriented projects, including performance, film, video and photography, producing important works such as 100 Pennies (1971). He was an assistant professor at NSCAD from 1972 – 79, and during this time his focus turned increasingly to paintings. Zuck left NSCAD in 1979 to pursue painting full time at his studio, then located in Purcell’s Cove, Nova Scotia. From 2001 he has been an instructor at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary. He now lives in Penetanguishine, Ontario and keeps a studio in Georgian Bay.
Tim Zuck has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including the internationally touring Tim Zuck: Learning to Talk (2002 – 3) and Tim Zuck: Still Life in Landscape (1997 – 8). His works have been exhibited at: the National Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario; Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Yukon Arts Centre Gallery, Whitehorse; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; Back Sang Gallery, Seoul, Korea; Expo ‘93, Taejon, Korea and the Canadian Embassy Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
His works are held in numerous private collections and public institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, Canada Council Art Bank, Glenbow Museum, Art Gallery of Hamilton, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Vancouver Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Museum London and Art Gallery of Ontario, which also holds a fond of his ephemera.
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