Zach Neven is a local Hudson Valley artist, with a show, “Elements for a View”, opening at the D’Arcy Simpson Artworks, Saturday, February 11th. The opening reception starts at 5pm.
The following is Zach Neven’s interview with Trixie’s List.
The exhibit is on view until March 11th.
Zach Neven: I was born and raised in Columbia County outside of Hudson.
My inspiration for my art is from many different places, depending on the subject and the medium I am using-but mostly it’s from just looking around. I am also a photographer and a conceptual artist.
I explore the area around Hudson as well as other parts of the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires. The beauty of the mountains and countryside feeds my creativity. I am inspired by so many artists, especially Etel Adnan and Milton Avery. I like talking to other artists about my work, such as Myron Polenberg, Michael Simpson and David Bruner. They really helped me get to a solid conceptual place and gave me a lot of confidence.
I did not go to art school, but, like most artists I’ve been making art, in some way shape or form, ever since I can remember. I’m from a creative family and starting at a young age, they exposed me to painters, sculptors, designers, and photographers. I started to take my art seriously in high school. My photos started getting attention, and I was hired to photograph events and portraits.
I became interested in altering “Found Art” and created a huge body of work that I called “Modernized”. I painted colored dots over the faces in old photographs, I added color fields and geometric shapes to flea market landscapes. It was so much fun!
This new work at D’Arcy Simpson Art Works is inspired by my photographs from my walks and hikes.
I love finding the simple shapes in the mountains and landscapes and emphasizing them with primary colors.
It’s another way for me to express the beauty I see everywhere.