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.
John Zurier was born in 1956 in Santa Monica, California and received his MFA in Fine Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1984. He currently lives and works in Berkeley, California and Reykjavik, Iceland. Zurier participated in the 30th São Paulo Biennial in São Paulo, Brazil (2012), the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (2010), the Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2008), and the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2002). He has had numerous solo exhibitions in the US as well as Europe and Japan, and his work is in public collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. He received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010.