Family Group © Bob Ziering
Bio : Bob Ziering studied art at the High School Of Music and Art in New York City. That was followed by further studies at New York University under the guidance of Hale Woodruff, William Baziotes and Carl Podzus, among others. His influences include J.M.W. Turner and Francis Bacon.
After completing his bachelor’s degree, Ziering chose to enlist in the US Air Force where as an enlisted man and later lieutenant, he served as a basic training instructor. Upon completing his military service he set out to study further elements of graphic design with Ivan Chermayeff and Bob Gill at The School of Visual Arts.
At the beginning of his career, Bob began illustrating on his own, securing clients such as Reader’s Digest, while at the same time acting as business partner and artists rep for Rahl Studios. Illustration has been the mainstay for his career. His client list includes many of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as cultural institutions such as The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Opera, The Paul Taylor Dance Group and Cirque du Soleil. His work for these companies and many others has earned him several ANDY awards, the highest honour awarded to commercial illustrators. Many of his illustrations have been exhibited at The Society of Illustrators where Bob was awarded two one-man shows. Bob was also one of the founding members of the Graphic Artist’s Guild. He has been participating in group and one man shows since 1983.
From May 18, 2004 through June 26, 2004, a number of his never-before exhibited erotic works were on view at the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation in New York city. This body of work, titled "Secret Sex: The Unknown Erotic Drawings of Bob Ziering", spans a period of thirty-five years.
In April 2010, American Artist published a piece on Bob’s technique. And some of his magnificent gorilla pastels were published in the June 2015 issue of the Pastel Journal.
Medium: Pastel ; mixed media
Subjects: Portraits; Animals; Still Life
Style: Representational. For his Gorilla series, the artist places the primates in an indeterminate pictorial space so that they seem to exist as much in the world of the mind as in the mountains of Rwanda. Passages of intense descriptive rendering, often focusing on faces and hands, alternate with more open areas in which broad shapes dissolve into a misty, suggestive atmosphere. Silhouettes are often outlined in red, a color used to symbolize danger. Sections of the background sometimes glow with reds and oranges, intimating a broader threat of fire and destruction. Even in the quieter images, an atmosphere of brooding unease pervades the work, reinforced by massings of dark tones and a telling selection of shapes and expression.
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Portfolio: Gorillas ; Portraits ; Chairs ; Animals ; Performing Arts; Sports; Still life; Burning Pier; Paper to Paper.
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