John Zurier (b.1956) paints abstract paintings in which the colour and surface invoke the atmosphere and mood of places and times – seen and unseen, past and future. The paintings offer a maximal sense of colour, light, and space with simple and direct means. His works have a great physicality that derives from his interest in the material qualities of both paint and support. He works with both oil paint and glue-size tempera (also known as distemper) on a wide range of linen grounds, and also with watercolour on paper.
He has been exhibiting since 1980 and has had over 30 solo exhibitions worldwide. His work also has been included in major exhibitions such as The Whitney Biennial (2002), The Gwangju Biennial (2008) in South Korea, and the São Paulo Biennial (2012). His art can be found in public collections including Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Oakland Museum of California; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and UC Berkeley Art Museum. He received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010. He lives and works in California and Iceland.