Pete Zaluzec

From an early age Pete Zaluzec had a love for art. He would explore his home on Chicago’s South Side with pencil and paper in hand sketching the city scenes around him. Family trips to the Field Museum of Natural History sparked a love for nature and wildlife, which continue to inspire his subject matter to this day. Zaluzec’s photography is unlike any nature photographs one might see in a traditional gallery. He had a treasure trove of reference photos that he wanted to use and came up with a process all his own in which he prints on gampi, a Japanese printmaking paper. The tissue like paper looks like an ancient animal skin crumpled and nailed to backing board and then framed in a clean contemporary frame that Zaluzec builds himself. The images have a depth and richness unlike a photograph printed on flat paper. His wildlife is removed from most background reference, which allows the intensity of the animal to be the focus. Coyotes on the hunt, ravens preening their silky black plumage, and portraits of majestic bison tell the story of the animal portrayed.

108 S. Main Street  |  Saint Jo, Texas  |  76265,     940.995.2786

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