Thursday, May 17, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Ted Zilius at Gallery at River Arts in Morrisville

The Gallery at River Arts is pleased to present a retrospective of paintings and collage by Ted Zilius at the River Arts Center in Morrisville from, June 14 - August 10.   An opening reception will be held on June 14, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

The retrospective exhibit, encompassing seventy years of work, reveals Zilius' development as an artist.  The exhibit,  begins with childhood drawings, moves into early realist painting, and finishes up with his distinctive collage/paintings, many done during his various sessions at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.

Born Tadas Zilevicius in 1938, he spent his childhood in the Lithuanian countryside during World War II.  His early drawings reflect this experience, and include soldiers on horseback, airplanes dropping bombs, farmhouses, and trees.  His family fled the country when he was five, living in the Displaced Persons Camps in Germany until they arrived in America in 1949.  After serving in the U.S. Navy, Zilius studied under Ad Reinhart at Brooklyn College, attended the Pratt Institute of Art, and studied design with Milton Glaser and Henry Wolf at the School of Visual Arts.  Ted's interests in design led him to work in the design office of Charles and Ray Eames, though his painting continued, inspired by the work of Willem DeKooning and Franz Kline.  Zilius' art soon took another turn, influenced by the work of Frank Stella, Morris Louis, Helen Frankenthaler, the Op Art movement and Mark Rothko, and set him on a course towards minimal, hard-edge painting.

Zilius moved to Vermont in 1971, taking a hiatus of 15 years to homestead, raise his two children, and write about ecological and environmental issues.  Ted continued designing, building houses and creating one of a kind furniture and cabinets, which he continues to work on today.  After a brief partnership designing and building "art furniture", which was shown in Baltimore at the American Crafts Council annual exhibit, Ted went to the Vermont Studio Center in the mid '80's.  Here, he became interested in doing art again, revisiting the Vermont Studio Center numerous times over the years to develop his own collage/painting style. In Ted’s recent work, he has come full circle, to once again draw cowboys and horses.

The Gallery at River Arts is located at the River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street in Morrisville, VT.  Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10-2.  For off hours, please call River Arts: 802-888-1261.  Admission is free. For more information, call or visit their website at