Jerry Zeniuk

Annemarie Verna Galerie

Jerry Zeniuk’s latest watercolors orchestrate a coherent colorist melody. On closer inspection, however, the highly differentiated individual pictures reveal pronounced dissonances: chromatic crescendos of stripes; collisions of complementary contrasts; and splotches of primary colors that move freely, creating a cheery play of color.

It is quite surprising to recall that this colorist vitalism is supported by a systematic conception of painting, rooted in analytical monochrome painting of the ’60s and ’70s. The watercolor has always been used as a “lightweight medium” that lends itself to an étudelike looseness.

For a long time, Zeniuk has enjoyed an “insiders” reputation in Europe, but he has only become more widely known during the past two years. In 1989, Harald Szeemann included him in “Einleuchten” (Hamburg); and in 1990, Bremen’s Kunsthalle gave him a first retrospective. He had

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