The Tarot of Leah
A series of fragmented paintings and drawings that form a Tarot deck depicting the many various guises of a fictitious female named Leah. She appears in the various fragments as a heretic, martyr, gypsy, fortune teller, and many other roles. The series mixes realism and abstraction, with some alchemical mixing of various media. Some of the pieces are wall mounted, others hang off the wall via chains, forming sculptural, installational space.
About the Artist
Zeller lives and works in Bushwick. He is the recipient of two Posey Fellowships and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. In January 2009, he founded the Teaching Studios of Art, with locations in Brooklyn and Oyster Bay, Long Island. Zeller has exhibited in Los Angeles, Houston, and Paris. In addition, he has had two solo shows in NYC, at 511 Gallery and Dacia.
He has studied the figure extensively and his work explores narratives related to the human form. He has been quoted or written about in several national publications regarding Teaching Studios, such as American Artist and Studios magazines. In 2014, he was the subject of a feature profile in Professional Artist Magazine.
He is presently working on a book about the Figure for Monacelli Press, due out in Fall 2016, called the Figurative Artist’s Handbook. It feature the work of of many well known artist, such as Lucian Freud, Andrew Wyeth, John Currin and many others, as well as the work of lesser known, up-and-coming figurative artists.