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Lived/Active: California/New York      Known for: commercial art illustration. books, events-Old West themes

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Biography from Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery Santa FeTucson:
Dennis Ziemienski, painter and a native San Franciscan, he graduated cum laude from the California College of Arts and Crafts.  Dennis Ziemienski's paintings have been in many one-man and group exhibitions and have won numerous awards. Ziemienski is known internationally for his work with Time-Life, Levi-Strauss, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times.

Ziemienski's poster images include Super Bowl XXIX, Sonoma Salute to the Arts, and the Napa and Mankas Inverness Lodge.  Dennis Ziemienski's paintings are featured on many well-known book covers including, Tales of the City by Armisted Maupin; Glitz, Bandits and Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard.

Dennis Ziemienski was the featured artist for Hemispheres magazine for United Airlines.  He was chosen as the 2004 artist for the Annual Wet Paint Event at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

Dennis Ziemienski has taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts and the Academy of Art in San Francisco.  He has studios in New York and California. Traveling to Europe frequently, Dennis Ziemienski has acquired an affinity for the architecture, lifestyle and light of the Mediterranean.  His strong and richly colored images borrow much of their inspiration from early 20th century painting and posters.

Currently, Dennis Ziemienski is working on commissioned paintings, gallery shows and murals.

Born- 1947 San Francisco, CA

Education -1972 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA BFA

TEACHING AND LECTURES

1998-2003 Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma, CA painting & composition

1988-1990 Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA painting & illustration

1977-1980 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA illustration and design

1975-1977 Foothill College, Los Altos, CA composition & design

1998-2004 Syracuse University, NY guest lecturer

Exhibitions and Awards

2007 - Santa Fe Fall Small Works Show and Sale by Gallery Artists, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, NM

2007 - Santa Lucia Preserve, Invitational En Plein Air, Carmel, CA

2006-2007 Grand Canyon: From Dream to Icon, Tucson Museum of Art, AZ

2006 First Place at Point Reyes Plein Air Show, CA

2006 Artist for the Kentucky Derby

2004 - 11th Annual Carmel Art Festival, Plein Air Competition, Carmel, CA

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Wet Paint Event, Sonoma, CA

19th Annual Salute to the Arts Exhibition, Sonoma, CA

Sonoma Plein Air 2004, Sonoma, CA

The American Heart Association Gala, San Francisco, CA

2003 - California Art Club with the Women's City Club Artist's Choice Exhibition, Pasadena, CA

18th Annual Salute to the Arts Exhibition, Sonoma, CA

Sonoma Plein Air 2003, Sonoma, CA

2002 - 17th Annual Salute to the Arts Exhibition, Sonoma, CA

Sonoma Plein Air 2002, Sonoma, CA

2001 - 16th Annual Salute to the Arts Exhibition, Sonoma, CA


PUBLICATIONS

2008 Western Art Collector, cover and featured article, January

2007 Sonoma Magazine, featured article, Winter

2007 Art of the Four Corners, cover and article, Summer

2007 Canyon Road Arts, vol. 3, pages 104 -110

2006 Southwest Art, Best of the West, May

2006 Southwest Art, Best of the West, March

1999 Sonoma Valley Magazine, Sept.

1997 United Airlines "Hemispheres" Magazine - cover

ORGANIZATIONS

California Art Club - Artist Member since 2003

New York Society of Illustrators - Full Member since 1982

Oil Painters of America - Member since 2005

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Axiom Wines (makers of Red Truck Wine), CA

Breakaway Cafe, CA

Conley Museum of the West, AZ

Infineon Raceway collection, CA

Kentucky Derby, KY

Manka’s Inverness Lodge, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA

National Football League

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, CA

Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts, Maynard Dixon museum, UT

Time Life, Inc. collection, NY

Tucson Museum of Art, Weavings of the Dine’, AZ (Opens Summer 2008, Cover painting)

United Airlines / Hemispheres collection, IL

The University of Arizona Museum, AZ

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

His Royal Highness Charles Prince of Wales

Cline collection, CA (Cline Cellars)

John Dixon collection, CA (Maynard Dixon’s son)

Lasseter collection, CA (chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation)

Tom Smothers collection, CA (comedian)

Drs. Mark and Kathleen Sublette, AZ

Vadasz collection, CA (Executive VP, Intel Corp.)

Biography from Mark Sublette Modern:
The palm-lined avenues, the snow capped desert peaks, the beaches, the vineyards and hills with the crisp California light and its intensely clear contrasts, have all contributed to the art of Dennis Ziemienski in some way.

A native San Franciscan, Dennis Ziemienski graduated cum laude from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Interest in representational drawing and painting eventually led him to New York and a successful career in illustration. His paintings and illustrations have been in many one-man and group exhibitions and have won numerous awards.

Ziemienski is known internationally for his work with Time-Life, Levi-Straus, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. His compelling poster images include Super Bowl XXIX, Sonoma Salute to the Arts, the Napa Valley Mustard Festival, the California Bear Flag Sesquicentennial and Mankas Inverness Lodge. His paintings are featured on many well-known book covers including, “Tales of the City” and “Baby Cakes” by Armisted Maupin, “Glitz”, “Bandits” and “Freaky Deaky” by Elmore Leonard and was the featured cover artist for “Hemispheres” magazine for United Airlines.

Dennis Ziemienski's strong and richly colored images borrow much of their inspiration from early 20th-century painting and posters. His early influences, Tom Purvis and Ludwig Hohlwein, were master designers in composition. The demands of illustration and poster design, with its simplified, sculpturally rendered images, gave him the discipline and draftsmanship that give strength to his paintings today.

Ziemienski turned his attention to fine art in 1999 when continuous requests of his original images were made and private paintings were commissioned. Now, unencumbered by unrealistic deadlines, he paints in oils. The major influences in his paintings are Maynard Dixon, Edward Hopper and Maurice Logan... ironically, all were illustrators, at one time, during their art careers.

A member of the Oil Painters of America, the California Art Club and New York Society of Illustrators, Dennis has participated in several annual juried plein air events and was chosen as the 2004 signature artist for the Annual Wine Label Series at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Dennis has taught at the California College of the Arts, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

Traveling as frequently as he can, he has found it to be a completely essential tool for developing different palettes, ideas and for tuning up sensibilities. “I love to paint my native California and the West but the land of my ancestors, Italy and the Mediterranean,
has also been a frequent subject... it is also important for me to use a romantic sense of history and place, when required, to create a vision that lures the viewer into the picture; creating the desire to ‘be there’.”

PERIODICALS
"Hemispheres", March 1997, "Cover Art Profile - Dennis Ziemienski", Margaret Moore, cover and page 13; Communication Arts, Sept./Oct. 1980, "Palo Alto Design Community" Cummings Walker and Michael Shenon, page 65.

SPECIAL AWARDS
Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, Illustration West 18, Special Judges Award.
New York Society of Illustrators, annual competitions 18 Awards of Merit.

EXHIBITIONS
One Person Show: The American Museum of Illustration, Gallery 3, New York, Oct. 1997.
Group Shows: The California Art Club with the Women's City Club
Artist's Choice Exhibition, Pasadena, CA, Nov. 2003 - April 2004.
New York Society of Illustrators Annual Juried Exhibitions, New York, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1991, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1982, 1981, 1976, 1975.

ART-RELATED ORGANIZATIONS
Oil Painters of America,
The California Art Club and the
New York Society of Illustrators

Biography from Altamira Fine Art:
Dennis Ziemienski is known for his poster-like images in oil.  A San Francisco native, he has had commissions by Time-Life, Levi-Strauss, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times in addition to Super Bowl XXIX, the 2006 Kentucky Derby, and the Sonoma Salute to the Arts.  His art has also been used on book covers including Tales of the City by Armisted Maupin, Glitz and Bandits by Elmore Leonard.

He refers to the imagery found in his oil paintings as “the Old West after the Old West”.  It’s the period of time when railroads, vehicles, motels, and rodeos began to dominate the western landscape at the beginning of the last century.  “I like that period of time because it hasn’t been well recorded”, says the artist.  “You don’t see a lot of paintings of cowboys sitting in Model T Fords, but they did and right alongside their horses.”

The key to Ziemienski’s paintings is understanding the juxtaposition of the classic cowboy life with the increasing influence of Modernism.  The scenes in his work accurately depict Western life during this particular time period.  “I was born in 1947 and growing up, living in California and taking car trips with my family allowed me to see a lot of this imagery, but by the 60’s and 70’s, I noticed that much of it was starting to fade away”, says Dennis.  “All of the things I witnessed then started to make me think that some day I would like to record those things, so now I am.”

Besides the power of these images, the artist would like collectors to understand the sense of design and composition involved with each piece and the subtle abstract qualities that unite them as works of art.

Selective Exhibitions and Awards
2007 –   Santa Lucia Preserve, Invitational En Plein Air, Carmel, CA
2006-07 Grand Canyon: From Dream to Icon, Tucson Museum of Art, AZ
2006      First Place at Point Reyes Plein Air Show, CA
2004 -    11th Annual Carmel Art Festival, Plein Air Competition, Carmel, Ca
2004 –    Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Wet Paint Event, Sonoma, CA
2004 -     Sonoma Plein Air, Sonoma CA

Selective Publications
2009 feature article, Western Art Collector
2008 Western Art Collector, cover and feature article, January
2007 feature article, Western Art Collector
2007, Sonoma Magazine, feature article, Winter
2007 Santa Fe Trend
2006 Southwest Art, "Best of the West", March


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