There will be private view of this exhibition with champagne and an opportunity to meet the artist on the Thursday 9th May at 6.30 pm until 9.00 pm. Do come and dip your toes in the water!
Ken Zier was born in Aarhus, Denmark in 1968 and is a highly regarded marine artist with many collectors worldwide. Since childhood he and his family have been closely connected with the sea and maritime environments. As the grandson of the marine painter Wolmer Zier and with a distinct talent for drawing, Ken felt a desire to continue the tradition of realistic marine painting. For generations his family had been keen
yachtsmen and pen and paper were always part of the luggage on summer trips, this resulting in a number of fine pen drawings. With time, oil painting took over and his main focus became ship portraits. As Ken’s work evolved the ships gradually faded into the background and now only appear on the horizon. It’s the sea, the sky and the prevailing atmosphere that are important, as are the various regattas that Ken has either followed or participated in.
The recent years have seen Ken painting larger arresting works, typical seascapes and a small series of meteorological studies on the weather’s effect on the sea and sky. A rather unique type of work is the night painting that has fostered much attention. In Ken’s work you will usually find a technique that combines the flat with more textured painting, allowing him to achieve an interface between impressionism and realism that gives his paintings a unique identity.