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Painter John Zurier's big sky ethos

Artist John Zurier inside his installation at the California Biennial
Artist John Zurier inside his installation at the California Biennial
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If anyone ever deserved the title "painter of light", its Berkley painter John Zurier: his work in this year's biennial practically consume the viewer with a massive expansive of sky blues and cloudy whites. He talks about how, in his paintings, he both tries to transport viewers to far off places and make them think about about the story behind his surreal, ethereal landscapes.

This interview is a part of Off-Ramp's special look in the 2010 California Biennial. Click here to listen to the whole thing!

From the OCMA bio: John Zurier was born 1956 in Santa Monica, California; lives and works in Berkeley. Zurier received both his BA (1979) and MFA (1984) from the University of California, Berkeley. One-person exhibitions include shows at Peter Blum Gallery, New York; Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco; Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and Galeria Javier López, Madrid. His work has also been shown at the Berkeley Art Museum; the Seventh Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea; Hunter College Art Gallery, New York; and the Oakland Museum of California. Zurier participated in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. He is eminent adjunct professor at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and the recipient of a 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.