William Zenisek, Illinois Pop Art artists, large scale acrylic on canvas. Images have mystery, they put a viewer in a head space for their own thought to grow.
William Zenisek is a 36 year old award-winning painter and photographer born and raised in Illinois. Pop Art, acrylic on canvas.
E-mail: WZENISEK@GMAIL.COM and phone: 708-654-7150, or Erica 702-533-8842
Meet at a Starbucks 711 Lake St. Oak Park, IL
"An artist my whole life I began making art as a way for my mother to calm my hyperactivity. My mother discovered that I was at ease, creating my own little worlds with crayon or pencil or anything I could get my hands on. From those humble "practical" begins began a love affair with art in all it's forms.
Coming up in a lower middle class family "high art" wasn't something I was aware of most of my younger days. My imagination was fueled with more mainstream forms of entertainment television, movies and comics. My father would take our family on weekly movies excursions.There I'd watch the images that would come to fuel my young imagination. These early trips were extremely formative and influential on my development as an artist. I'd reproduce little drawings of the monsters I'd see on the the television or the big screen, you could say I was a "Pop" artist long before I would have understood the meaning of the word. As I grew older I did discover the "higher art" forms and was influenced heavily by the works of Chuck Close, Andy Warhol and Francis Bacon. Along with the early 50's and 60's comic book artists like Jack Kirby, Steve DItko, Gil Kane to name a few.
I work mostly in large scale. What I want to do with my work is to put viewers in a head space where they are asked a question visually and I want them to question the image, I want to invade the viewers head, put a thought there and let it grow. Mystery is an important element to my work. I want the viewer to bring their own experiences to the images. There is nothing l enjoy more that hearing what a piece of my art means to someone or what it makes them feel or think."