About David Zahn --- Bio, artist Statement, Resume
David Zahn Biography
David Zahn lives and works in Moline, Illinois. Originally from the Chicago area, he has been creating art work for many years. David creates imaginative sculptures, and is known for his bronze and ceramic pieces. His figure based art works are interesting to look at containing some sort of mystery in them. Movement is another important aspect of David’s art. He likes to create intriguing juxtapositions of static and flowing forms in his imagery. Works by David Zahn can be found in public, private, and corporate collections. There are many pieces of his art on permanent public display both indoors, and out doors, in Iowa, Illinois and other locations.
As an artist who has been creating works for many years, there are some aspects of my pieces that are apparent. The human form has always been a major element in my work. Integrating images of people and blending them with abstract forms has been a long lasting direction in my art. I strive to create a feeling of timelessness and a strong emotional element in each piece. I make finished works in bronze, ceramic, and other materials as needed. I love to do commissions for individuals, or organizations. Creating a realistic portrait, or a one of a kind art work for a specific purpose is always an exciting endeavor for me. I also like to have a bit of mystery in my art, so don’t be surprised if you can’t figure out exactly what is going on. My work is imaginative, thought provoking, and surrealistic at times, so the viewer has to make some of their own conclusions.
PUBLIC WORKS/ 2020 8 foot bronze abstract figure commission for Muscatine Art
Center, Iowa. Finished, to be installed spring 2021
2019 28” tall bronze Vogel Schwartz
Sculpture Garden, Little Rock AR
2013 Baugher Built, Resin relief sculpture
Created for Deere & Co
2012 Trail Head Park “Forging a Dream” sculpture
8’ wide 5’ tall bronze (created for Deere & co)
2009 Moline Public Library 28” H Bronze High Relief
2006 Children’s Museum Bettendorf Iowa
2004 Hauberg Museum (Black Hawk State Park)
Life-size bronze bust, For state of Illinois
2004 City of Moline Gateway Project
(4 brick piers with relief sculptures in concrete)
2003 Scott County Administrative Building
Davenport Iowa, (1.25 Life-size Bronze)
2002 North Scott School District Eldridge Iowa
(6’ X 4’ bronze relief)
2002 North Scott School District Eldridge Iowa
Life-Size bronze figure sculpture
1999 Quad City Marathon (bronze figure awards)
1998 Genesis Hospital “(Life-size portrait bust)
EDUCATION : 1989 Northeastern Illinois University B.A. Art
1983 Art Institute of Chicago
1982 American Academy of Art
GALLERIES: Gallery 166, Vail Colorado
Bereskin Gallery, Bettendorf Iowa
Quad City Arts Gallery, Rock Island Illinois
Off the wheel gallery, Door Co. Wisconsin
I have been producing and selling bronze and ceramic sculptures for about 30 years. In this time I have done more then 60 works in bronze ranging in size from 16 inches tall to larger then life-size works weighing over 500 pounds. I participate in gallery shows at public arts centers, museums etc. I have been a featured artist many times. I participated in Sculpture in the Park, in Loveland, Colorado and other high-end venues. I have won many awards, and have numerous works in private, corporate, and public collections. This resume is a condensed version of my career.
These are some recent highlights.
June 2017, Top Juried, bronze piece in the Peoria sculpture walk, 12 month display
Nov. 2017, Juried exhibit at The Freeport Art Museum
Feb. 2018, Best in show award, Juried show, Tubac Art Center, Arizona
Mar. 2018, Only sculptor, in a 4 person show, Quad City International Air Port
April 2018, Found object sculpture for Chad Pregracke - Living Lands & Waters, IL
June 2018, Bronze work accepted for public display, Ames Iowa, 12 month display.
June 2018, 3 person outdoor sculpture display at Moline Public Library 78” Bronze
Sept. 2018, Bronze work accepted for display, Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton
Head Island SC. Exhibit Oct,1 — Jan. 31st, 2019
Sept. 2018, Best in show award at Ames Iowa public sculpture year long display.
Dec 2018, $1,000 cash award for sculpture at juried gallery show In Hilton Head SC.
Feb 2019, Sculpture in National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show Corpus Christi, TX
Mar. 2019 Ceramic work in “Clay Matters” Show Epperson Gallery Crockett, CA
Mar. 2019 Ceramic sculpture in “New Dimensions” Show, Viro Beach Art Club, FL (Cash Award winner)
June 2019 1 person show - Burlington Art Center, Burlington, IA
Files coming soon.
Please call or email me to discuss your project
David Zahn 309-206-7458 --- Email dzahnkoi@ yahoo.com