Artist and printmaker Joseph Zirker passes away at age 97


Famend artist and printmaker Joseph Zirker, handed away on June 25, two months shy of his 98th birthday. Earlier this 12 months, there was an exhibit of his work at Café Zoë close to his studio within the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park. A few of his paintings stays on show.

Joseph Zirker was born on August 13,1924 to Clarence Harold Zirker and Lillian Rappaport Zirker, in Los Angeles California. Zirker was a famend and revered innovator and multi-medium artist who labored as a printmaker, papermaker, painter, sculptor, trainer and poet and impressed 1000’s of scholars, collectors and fellow artists for greater than 70 years.

He invented a novel course of for creating monotypes which is documented in his two books: The Solid Acrylic Print and Translucent Transformations. He additionally developed collaged sculptures of wooden, foam core, and cardboard. Utilizing copies of his handwritten phrases and different frequent supplies he created tabletop-sized sculptures. Examples of his work will be seen on his web site.

Joseph Zirker is listed in Who’s Who in American Artwork, was a member of the Nationwide Academy of Design, and obtained two Pollock-Krasner awards. He obtained his MFA from the College of Southern California, the place he later taught printmaking. He taught at San Jose Metropolis School, and lectured at Stanford College, and Portland State College. His workshops have been held at Drake College, Rice College, Cooper Union Faculty of the Arts and in a number of artwork academies in Belgium and the Netherlands.

He’s represented in quite a few public collections, together with the Smithsonian Institute, Stanford College Museum of Artwork, Achenbach Basis for the Graphic Arts; Brooklyn Museum; the Anderson Assortment, Centrum Frans Masereel, Belgium; De Saisset Artwork Gallery and Museum, College of Santa Clara; Advantageous Arts Museums of San Francisco; Free Library of Philadelphia; Grunwald Assortment, U.C.L.A.; Nationwide Academy of Design, New York; Nationwide Gallery of Artwork, Washington, D.C.; Oakland Museum of California; and the Portland Artwork Museum.

Within the 1970’s Zirker and his beloved late spouse, Eva constructed a studio in Menlo Park that was featured in Sundown Journal for its distinctive and delightful design.

Joseph believed “artwork is the backyard of social justice, and that features all mediums in its expression.” He was continually inventing new strategies for creating artwork and sometimes used his artwork to mirror on political and world occasions, at all times within the curiosity of poor and dealing folks. He labored in his studio up till three weeks earlier than he died, most just lately creating new photographs from tire treads.

Joseph’s spouse of over 50 years, Eva, died in 2015. He’s survived by 4 kids, Karen Jo Koonan of San Francisco, Daniel Zirker of Hamilton, New Zealand, Lisa Moses of Chang Rai, Thailand, and Nila Zirker of Terrell, Texas. He’s additionally survived by three grandchildren and 5 nice grandchildren.



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