Jim Zwadlo

Paintings (1-work)

Jim  Zwadlo Pedestrians 83
Pedestrians 83
Mixed media
60 x 42 in

Jim  Zwadlo

Jim Zwadlo

Jim Zwadlo Biography

Zwadlo grew up on a dairy farm, helping his family feed 50 cows in northern Wisconsin. In 1967, he began to pursue his undergraduate’s degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, and in 1980, he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts’ degree from SUNY-Potsdam. He continued to live in New York City for 20 years until finally coming to reside in the South Side of Milwaukee.

Jim Zwadlo Statement

My subject is people represented realistically in an abstract urban space, as seen from an imaginary aerial point of view. I title the paintings “Pedestrians” to make it clear that the point of view is the point of the painting; the people are not doing anything especially interesting, just walking in the street.

I lived for many years in New York City, working in office buildings, thinking about how to orient myself. From the aerial point of view, to me, the Manhattan landscape became, literally, a map of itself. The urban space flattened visually into a kind of “found” painting. Being a native Midwesterner, I translated my sense of the flatness of the Midwestern landscape into a solution to how to paint the verticality of the urban landscape.

I use photographs as a way to reconstruct images from the real world and transfer them to the real painting. For me, photography functions as a catalyst, as in a chemical reaction: photographs are instrumental to making the painting, but they do not appear in the completed painting.

I refer to Impressionist cityscapes, Bauhaus photography, New York School abstraction, and Minimalism as some important influences

For me, the urban pedestrian symbolizes a complex social milieu. I paint each figure as a detailed individual portrait, familiar yet anonymous. I construct the crowd from thousands of photographs, arranged randomly to suggest patterns, and in patterns that suggest randomness.

Imagery from the aerial point of view is instantly recognizable even though we rarely directly experience it. In contrast with traditional perspective, with its closer-is-bigger implied hierarchy, from above each figure is equal in scale and in space, as in a democratic vision, but with the added ambiguity between the arrogance of “looking down” versus “looking at.” The aerial view makes it possible to imply the entire infrastructure of the city: cars, buildings, streets, etc., without actually depicting any of those things.

The aerial view compresses space. The spatial flattening of the images intensifies the surface of the painting, and enhances the colors in a unique way. The compressed space is a map, a kind of living map, which shows a way of seeing, and a way of being in the world.

Jim Zwadlo Resumé

Recent Exhibitions:

2009 - 8 Counties, Kohler Art Center, Juried show, Sheboygan WI
2009 - Forward!  Juried show, Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee WI
2009 - Group Show, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee WI
2009 - Wisconsin Artists Biennial 2009, Juried, Rahr-West Museum, Manitowoc WI
2010 - Art From the Heartland, Juried, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis IN
2010 - Jim Zwadlo & Philip Krejcarek, Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee WI
2010 - Real People 2010, Juried, Woodstock IL
2010 - Vertigo In Flatland, Solo show, Wisconsin Union Galleries, Madison WI
2010 - Annual Salon, Walkers Point Art Center, Milwaukee WI
2010 - Winter Juried Exhibition, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha WI
2011 - Gallery 2622, solo show, Wauwatosa WI
2011 - Wisconsin Artists Biennial 2011, Juried, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha WI
2011 - Suitcase IV, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee WI
2011 -  Group Show, Hennes Art Company, Minneapolis MN
2011 - Summer Group Show, Jules Place, Boston MA
2011 - Inaugural Show, Beals & Abbate Fine Art, Santa Fe NM
2011 - Summer Show, M A Doran Gallery, Tulsa OK
2012 - Solo Show, Beals & Abbate Fine Art, Santa Fe NM
2012 - MARN Salon, Milwaukee WI

 

Recent Commissions:
American Bankers Association, Washington DC
 

National Football League, Baltimore MD
 

Central Grocers, Joliet IL
 

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston MA
 

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison WI
 

National Association of Letter Carriers, Baltimore MD
 

Stone & Youngberg, New York NY
 

Stone & Youngberg, Chicago IL
 

Fountaindale Public Library, Bolingbroke IL
 

American Career College, Anaheim CA
 

Marymount University, Baltimore MD

 

 

Selected collections: Over 150 private and public collections including:

 

University of Wisconsin, Madison
 

UW-Stevens Point and UW-Platteville
 

SUNY, Potsdam NY
 

SUNY, Canton NY
 

The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield CT
 

General Instrument Corp., New York NY
 

Prudential Life Insurance Co., Parsippany NJ
 

Chemical Bank, New York NY
 

NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority, NYC
 

Kidder Peabody, New York NY
 

White Plains Hospital, White Plains NY
 

Merck & Co., West Point PA
 

The St. Paul Companies, St. Paul MN

 

Meridian Bank, NJ
 

Hale & Dorr, Boston, and Washington DC
 

Suburban Cablevision, NJ
 

ARA Corp., Philadelphia PA
 

Barton Protective Services, Atlanta GA
 

Seabury & Smith, New York NY
 

Core States Bank, Philadelphia PA

 

Goltz Associates, Bloomington MN
 

Briggs and Morgan, Minneapolis MN
 

Dollar Bill's, Chicago IL
 

Houston Effler, Boston MA
 

Total System Services, Columbus GA
 

MFS Investment Mgmt,,Boston MA
 

Baird & Co., Milwaukee WI

Swett and Crawford Group, Irvine CA
 

LaPlaya Beach Resort, Naples FL
 

State Street Research, Boston MA

 

Sears Merchandise Group, Chicago IL
 

Piper Jaffray, Minneapolis MN
 

G E Capital Mortgage, Cherry Hill NJ

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