“Every painting is an adventure” for Albuquerque artist David Zaintz


New Mexico native David Zaintz’s “End of the Journey” is one of his works on display at the “Abstract Show” at Sumner & Dene in downtown Albuquerque. (Courtesy of Max Woltman)

Originally from Albuquerque, David Zaintz uses his hands to tell a story in his art.

During his career as an artist, Zaintz has evolved.

The last theme to appear in his work is that of railways.

“In an effort to further explore the theme of travel, I have chosen to include train tracks in all of my new paintings for this upcoming exhibition,” he says. “Each painting is also an adventure for me, started without knowing what my destination will be. Each layer builds a part of a story as it evolves, and colors blend and blend as they are added.

Zaintz exhibits his works alongside those of Jeannie Sellmer and Reg Loving at the “Abstract Show” at Sumner & Dene in downtown Albuquerque. The show runs until November 27.

Zaintz has been with the gallery for over six years, and his latest collection of paintings features abstract landscapes in various styles.

Due to his interest in interior design, he often thinks of how the shapes, proportions, and vivid colors of his paintings can complement architectural elements, such as earthy adobe or the Venetian plaster walls that found in many houses in the southwest.

“In 2017, I painted a landscape for a solo show I had,” he says. “One of the hallmarks of the piece was a very abstract reference to a railroad track, which influenced its title, ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ (also the name of a Beatles song), as well as the title of the exhibition. , “Journeys”. “

Zaintz says empty railroad tracks are memories of his past.

“Adding a horizontal element suggests not only a landscape, but also the empty railroad tracks that run through it,” he says. “These songs remind me of the feelings I had during the train journeys of my childhood. As a passenger, sitting quietly and still, I watched the landscape pass past the window, letting it sink in, wondering where this ride would take me. I still do, and I hope I can inspire viewers to imagine their own travels in time and space as well.

As Zaintz continues to work with his art, here are a few things you probably didn’t know about him:

1 “I had the honor of being featured in the local newspaper at the age of 13, when I was bar mitzvah, meaning that a boy was becoming a man within the Jewish faith. We didn’t have our own temple in Rio Rancho at the time (1976) so we rented the local country club. I couldn’t read Hebrew well, so I was trained to memorize all the scriptures, which were transliterated for me by my tutor, Herbert Lamb.

2 “The local Jewish community played a big role in my childhood. I don’t consider myself that religious now, but I respect my family roots. In my youth, living alone, I wanted to have a menorah to light up during the Chanukah celebration. I found that there was a lot of choice in terms of the design. Some are quite beautiful, and some are smart. It started my interest in collecting them. I have acquired a fairly large collection, almost 100.

3 “I have a long history with music, especially pop, club music, and dance music, as my family owned a few businesses while I was growing up. We had an under 21 dance club that I worked at in the 1970s, which made me appreciate disco music. He was called the Boogie Man. We then had an ice rink called Skate Ranch, while I was in high school. In the 1980s, it finally became a dance club that many may remember as the Big Apple. I started my DJ career there.

4 “I am the youngest of four boys. As a child, I hated that my three older brothers were all taller than me. When I complained to my mom she would tell me not to worry, eventually I will outdo them all. I don’t know if it was wishful thinking, but that is precisely what happened! She said it had to do with being born a month prematurely and being an “incubator baby”. I couldn’t tell, but it happened. Most people want to be taller. I appreciate my height at 6ft 6in, but I’ve never been comfortable with it.

5 “I am a painter currently represented by Sumner & Dene Gallery in downtown Albuquerque. I paint in various abstract styles. Every now and then I like to incorporate aspects of my past into my work.

Editor’s Note: Venue Plus continues “In Case You Didn’t Know,” a weekly feature with fun information about New Mexicans and their plans.


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