Etienne Zack studied at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Concordia University and College St-Laurent in Montreal.
Etienne Zack’s work can be seen through the lens of painting yet references to literature, text, cinema, video, performance, sculpture and architecture are just as common. In his recent work, Zack has drawn on the digital image, information data gathering and cloud space storage technologies as significant motifs and agents of affects in our daily experience of reality. He engages with the bi-directionality of the digital image as a starting point to consider what pictures can be. His canvasses are code-like environments or mental maps that consider the many layers in which paint, language, text, image in architectures come together to articulate our emotional, psychological and physical understanding of contemporary realities. Philosophically, Zack considers painting as a writing and reading technology.
Noteworthy solo exhibitions include - Etienne Zack: Those Lacking Imagination Take Refuge In Reality, Esker Foundation, Canada; Etienne Zack, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; According to This, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Thomas Dane Gallery, England; Vision Machine, Surrey Art Gallery, Canada and Lingering Shadows, Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Zack’s work can be found in institutions and museums including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Bank of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, Montreal Fine Arts Museum, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, National Fine Arts Museum of Quebec, Surrey Art Gallery, Glenbow Museum, City of Montréal, Zabludowicz Collection (London, England) and The Model Museum (Sligo, Ireland). His work can also be found in numerous corporate and private collections in the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, Hong Kong, Beijing, China, Ireland, England and across Canada.