By carving and chiseling line and pattern, Zanko nods to the production qualities of the print – the play with negative and positive space and the dynamic between thick line and planar shapes. The printmaking quality suggests the multiple, much as the buildings selected are houses of a type, reproduced with variation across suburbs. The drafted line, textured mark and dramatic shadow are synthesised into a language that suggests the architectural rendering of the mid-century modern.
Zanko graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Wollongong University with Distinction in Painting (BCA). He was a winner of the 2016 Gongcrete Art Prize and a finalist in the 2016 Gosford Art Prize and the 2015 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award most recently a finalist in The Wynne Prize 2019. Christopher Zanko is part of The Wollongong University collection as well as Wollongong Regional Gallery’s collection.