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|From Ankeny, Iowa, Larry Zach was the featured artist at the Seventh Annual Wildlife Art Show of the Southern Illinois Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing, 1997. Six times he was named Artist of the Year in his home state of Iowa. In 1997, 1998 and 1999, he designed the Iowa Habitat Stamps and in 1997, he was the national wild Turkey Federation's Artist of the Year.|
The following is from the artist:
"A life time of hunting, fishing, conservation work and nature study has provided me with a wealth of outdoor experiences and images. My intent as an artist is to share these with others."
A deep love of nature is the underlying theme in Larry Zachs life. Born near Swisher, Iowa, on October 2, 1946, Larry spent countless childhood days exploring the fields, streams, and forests surrounding his family farm overlooking the Iowa River bottoms of southeast Iowa. These early hunting and fishing expeditions served as a prerequisite for his later Fish and Wildlife Biology degree from Iowa State University.
Larry then served as a combat infantryman in South Vietnam where, among other honors, he earned the Bronze Star of Valor. Even when in Southeast Asia, he never lost his fascination with the natural world. While acting as squad point man he collected tropical butterflies with a devise fashioned from a military-issue mosquito head net and stiff jungle vines. Each new species was carefully folded in toilet paper, stored in a discarded grenade canister, and shipped back to Iowa. The collection, along with other Vietnam mementos, remains on display at his parents home.
Upon returning from Vietnam, Larry studied science education and museum techniques, earning a masters degree at the University of Iowa in 1972. For the next 18 years, he taught science at the junior and senior high levels in Ankeny, Iowa. Spreading his love of nature to teen-age students was a major goal during his teaching career. Larry was project oriented and believed in hands-on teaching methods in his classroom, which was full of plant and animal specimens. From establishing a school prairie to teaching students the art of taxidermy, his goal was to encourage respect for nature and love of the outdoors. His dedication to teaching is evident by his being nominated twice for Teacher of the Year.
The beginning of Larry Zachs career as a professional wildlife artist can be traced to 1983 when his painting of a wood duck pair was selected as winner of the Iowa Duck Stamp contest. In 1987, he captured the grand slam of the Iowa art world by being simultaneously selected as Artist of the Year by Iowa Ducks Unlimited, Iowa Pheasants Forever, and the Iowa Wild Turkey Federation. You can view a complete list of Awards and Honors.
By 1992, Larry was selected as one of the Top 20 Most Popular Artists in the nation and "Broken Solitude-Whitetail" was picked as one of the Top Most Popular Prints by U.S. Art magazine. Then, in 1995, Larry was once again selected as one of the Top 10 Hottest New Artists in the nation by Informart magazine. The National Wildlife Turkey Federation chose Larry as Artist of the Year in 1997, for which he designed the 1997 National Turkey Stamp and Print. The state of Iowa selected Larry to design a series of three Habitat Stamp prints for 1997,1998, and 1999. During those same three years Larry released an extremely popular series of prints, called the Old Rivals series. Old Rivals I, Old Rivals II, and Old Rivals III, which depict old farm scenes, are full of nostalgia and rivalries the mesmerize collectors. Each one includes a pair of big whitetail bucks that actually existed and lived in close range to each other. The three Old Rivals prints were all immediate sell-outs.
Larry Zachs attention to detail, anatomical accuracy, and the collectability of his prints has resulted in his ever-growing popularity among art collectors across the nation.
Larry has been featured in several magazine and newspaper articles this year relating his harvest of the huge non-typical White tail that he took with a bow last fall. These articles include:
"Big Bucks" by Orland Love
Cedar Rapids Gazette 5/18/01
"Picture This" by Bill Winke
North American Whitetail, Aug.'01
"Millennium Monsters" by Mark Kayser
North American Hunter, Aug. '01
"Beating the Odds" by Bill Winke
Outdoor Life, Sept. '01
"The Right Place At the Right Time"
by Bill Winke
Iowa Fish & Game, Oct. '01
"The Art of Hunting Whitetail Deer"
by Dan Anderson
rpm Magazine, Oct. '01
"Putting the Wild in Wildlife Art"
by Le Spearman
Iowa REC News, June 2001
"Artists Adapt to Market"
by Jody Crossman
Des Moines Register, 8/16/01
"Larry Zach - From Butterflies in Vietnam to Wildlife Art"
by Scott Bestul
Inform Art magazine, Fall, '01
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