Schrager & Clarke Gallery is pleased to present work from the estate of sculptor and professor of art Jan Zach. Zach was born in Czechoslovakia, trained as a painter in Prague, and came to the United States in 1938 to work on the Czech pavilion at the New York World’s Fair. Due to events of World War II preventing his return to Europe, Zach moved to Brazil to begin his new life in the arts. In the early 1950s, Zach and his wife moved to Canada, where he remained until joining the art faculty of the University of Oregon in 1958. He continued to teach for 21 years, becoming an important influence on several generations of art students.
Jan Zach (1914 – 1986)
Legacy Works of a Northwest Master
March 26 – April 26, 2014
Opening Reception: First Friday, April 4, 5:30 – 8pm
Informal talk by Tommy Griffin at 6pm
It was in Brazil that Zach began a transition away from painting and into sculpture. His early sculpture in terra cotta and wood was figurative, emphasizing the dramatic effects of light on tropical nature. After relocating to Canada, his inspiration was taken from the logs, rocks, and cliffs of the Northwest in British Columbia and his work became more abstract. After a sabbatical trip to Mexico in 1965, Zach began working with sheets of thin, flexible stainless steel to create rolled, folded, reflective forms. Although he continued to work in other mediums, this work became the signature of his mature period. He said of his inspiration: “The formation of ever-changing cloud shapes interests me; also the surfaces of rivers, the ripple of the water which is so like drapery ruffled by the wind.” The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, and others, have acquired Zach’s work in recognition of his importance to the Northwest art scene.
We are excited to learn that in late 2014, Zach’s work will return to his birthplace, Slany, in Czechoslovakia, where a large retrospective exhibit will be mounted to celebrate his centenary. Schrager & Clarke Gallery has been able to obtain a wonderful selection of Zach’s work, ranging from paintings and drawings, to small sculptures, to large wood and steel sculptures. This exhibit represents the last time Zach’s work will be available for sale in Eugene. Join us at the April First Friday Artwalk for a reception to celebrate this work. Tommy Griffin, sculptor, student and friend of Jan Zach, will give an informal talk about his mentor. He will also discuss the plans for the upcoming Czech exhibit.
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