Show Preview | Zachary Proctor

Park City, UT
Terzian Galleries, opening March 20

Zachary Proctor, For Nothing is Fixed, oil, 60 x 60.

Zachary Proctor, For Nothing is Fixed, oil, 60 x 60.

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When Salt Lake City artist Zachary Proctor begins to envision his next painting, an array of factors comes into play—most of which have little to do with the details of the painting itself, but rather with the narrative concept or “back story” he constructs for the characters, objects, and places he wants to portray. “I’m very interested in people, and I like to paint figures in spaces—but beyond that it’s about creating a world that I want to experience,” Proctor says. “I find it so beautiful that I can have a dream, read a book, watch a movie, look at an old photograph—and then combine bits and pieces of all those things into a crazy made-up world that I want to live in for a week or so as I paint it,” he muses. This March, collectors have the chance to step inside some of Proctor’s fabricated worlds in his solo show at Terzian Galleries in Park City, UT.

The show opens with a reception for the artist from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 20, and features 15 to 20 new oils ranging in size from medium to very large (up to 60 by 60 inches). “I’ve been painting mostly medium to large pieces for the last few years, mainly because I like being able to spend time with the painting,” Proctor says, explaining that he wants to really experience the world he’s creating with his head and his hands. Most of the pieces in the show portray worlds in which people’s lives are intimately connected to vehicles, which the artist sees as a metaphor for the various ways humans journey through life.

As for his own journey, “I’m just in the beginning stage of what I want to do,” says Proctor—who first appeared in our pages as a “21 Under 31” honoree in 2007. Since then, he’s earned a master of fine arts degree, gotten married, and discovered his own artistic voice. “I’m finally starting to feel like I’m home,” he says, adding that his primary goal for the future is to “have a nice quiet life filled with family and art.” —Lindsay Mitchell

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