Eric Zener

ARTIST STATEMENT

The subjects in my paintings are voyagers and seekers of truth. Often alone or in a dream, they vulnerably explore their inner self and their quest for meaning. Although I am cautious to 'explain' the meaning or purpose behind my work, as I believe that 'meaning is in the eye of the beholder', I will say that most of my work is an observation of the human condition of modern man and woman. Orphaned from the sanctuary of childhood we are faced with life's challenges and the consequences of our choices. I use our relationship with water, nature and each other as a metaphor for personal transformation, refuge and renewal. The quiet landscape of a body of water or a beckoning field provides both a literal and psychological place of discovery and confession; or simply a metaphoric snapshot for an ideal state of being.

The lone figure immersed in water illustrates the constant force and changing tides in our lives. Above the surface we may appear to be together and unaffected, however below the surface, subconsciously, we are in a constant state of transformation and illumination. It is my intention that the journey is hopeful and the ending enlightening.

BIO

Eric Zener (b. 1966, Astoria, Oregon) is an American photorealist artist best known for figure paintings of lone subjects, often in or about swimming pools. Zener is a self-taught artist. His paintings, mostly in oil, are in a photorealist or "super-realist" style Zener describes as "Contemporary Renaissance". In 2003, while living in the Costa Brava region of Spain, Zener became interested in watching bathers, and began a series of paintings of water, and of people interacting with water. Many paintings from this period depict women swimming underwater amidst air bubbles, or diving into the water, and have been described as reminiscent of Hudson River School and Barbizon School painters.

EDUCATION 
1988 University of California, Santa Barbara, BA 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011Gallery Henoch, New York, NY
 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Dieffe Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy 
 Persterer Fine Art, Zurich, Switzerland 
2009Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
 S.C.A.P.E., Los Angeles, CA
2008Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
 Spur Projects, Woodside, CA 
2007Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
2006Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Bank Of America Building, San Francisco, CA
2005Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 S.C.A.P.E., Los Angeles, CA
 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004Gallery Henoch, New York, NY
2003Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA
 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
 Casa Forestal, St. Marti de Empuries, Spain 
1999Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
 California Arts Council, Sacramento, CA
 Alfabia Museum, Sumoto, Japan
 Galleria Prova, Tokyo, Japan
1996Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1994Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1990Gerald Steven's Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA 
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 
2012Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Dallas Art Fair, TX 
2011Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Dallas Art Fair, TX 
2010Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA 
 SF Art Fair, San Francisco, CA 
 Bergamo Art Fair, Italy 
 Alden B. Dow Museum, Midland, MI 
 Bolinas Museum, CA 
 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
 Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 
 Dallas Art Fair, TX 
2009Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY 
 Persterer Fine Art, Zurich, Switzerland 
 Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA 
 Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO 
 ArtHamptons, Bridgehampton, NY 
 Palm Beach Art Fair, FL 
 LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA 
2008Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY 
 US Artists, Philadelphia, PA 
 LA Art Show, Santa Monica, CA 
 Art Santa Fe, NM 
 SF MOMA, Contemporary Art Auction, San Francisco, CA 
2007Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY 
 US Artists, Philadelphia, PA 
 Male/Female: The New Realism, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 LA Art Show, Santa Monica, CA 
 Klaudia Marr Realism Invitational, Santa Fe, NM 
 Red Dot Art Fair, New York, NY 
 Bridge Art Fair, Chicago, IL 
 Art Santa Fe, NM 
2006Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 SF MOMA, Contemporary Art Auction, San Francisco, CA 
 Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY 
 Juxtaposition, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 40 Years: A Dealer's Collection, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Art Chicago in the Park, IL 
 Bridge Art Fair, Miami, FL 
 Art London, England 
2005Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY 
 US Artists, Philadelphia, PA 
 Art Chicago in the Park, IL 
 Art Miami, FL 
 San Francisco International Art Exposition, CA 
 Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
2004Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY 
 Klaudia Marr 11th Annual Realism Invitational, Santa Fe, NM 
 World Rehabilitation Fund, New York, NY (Auction) 
 US Artists, Philadelphia, PA 
 Contemporary American Realism 7, MA Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK 
 Susan Street Fine Art, Solano Beach, CA 
 SCOPE-LA, Hollywood, CA 
 SF MOMA, Contemporary Art Auction, San Francisco, CA 
 Hearts in San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (Auction) 
 World Rehabilitation Fund, New York, NY (Auction) 
 San Francisco International Art Fair, CA 
2003Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY 
 US Artists, Philadelphia, PA 
 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
2002Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY 
 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM 
 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
2001Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna, CA 
 DNFA, Pasadena, CA 
 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA 
 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
2000LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM 
 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
 Palm Springs Desert Museum, CA 
1999Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 
 Trinity Gallery, Atlanta, GA 
1998Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
 Trinity Gallery, Atlanta, GA 
 The Gap Corporate Headquarters, San Francisco, CA 
1997Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
 Galeria Prova, Tokyo, Japan 
1996Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
1995Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Docent's Auction 
1994Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
 Gallery Fuzee at Spectrum, San Francisco, CA 
1993Gallery Fuzee at Spectrum, San Francisco, CA 
1992Gallery Savah, Sydney, Australia 
1991Gallery Savah, Sydney, Australia 
1990Gerald Steven's Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA 
 Installations One, Los Angeles, CA 
1989Otis Parsons Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA 
 Installations One, Los Angeles, CA 
1988Installations One, Los Angeles, CA 

SELECTED CORPORATE & PUBLIC COLLECTIONS 
W Hotel Times Square, New York, NY 
L'Ajuntament de l'Escala, Spain 
Walt Disney Corporation, Burbank, CA 
Banana Republic, San Francisco, CA 
Alfabia Museum, Sumoto, Japan 
Wyndham Hotel, Atlanta GA 
Berrett Koehler Publishing, San Francisco, CA 
Handmade Software Inc., Fremont, CA 
Logitech Corporation, Newark, CA 
McLaughlin Capital, San Francisco, CA 
Goodwill Industries 
Wellington Management Co., Boston, MA 
Iquantic, San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA 
Helio Solutions, San Jose, CA