This painting places a lighter hue on top of carefully delineated layers to create the illusion of transparency, demonstrating the artist's subtle use of color.

① Artwork:


This painting is a superb example of the artist's subtlety as a colorist. Prekop used a palette knife to texture and scrape carefully delineated layers of flat color. The artist added a lighter hue on top that blends with the layer beneath, creating an illusion of transparency. Prekop frequently employs underlying structures in his richly-colored abstract compositions.


14 inches
15 inches

③ Artist:

Zak Prekop

Zak Prekop combines deft brushstrokes with subtle use of color to create carefully balanced abstract compositions. He frequently employs underlying structures in his paintings that he builds upon with freeform and premeditated textures. Prekop’s work has an improvisational look, but closer observation reveals the careful consideration of every element.


Zak Prekop was born in 1979. He studied at: Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt, Germany; School of the Art at the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois; and School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Prekop’s work has been exhibited at: Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; MoMA PS1 in New York City; the Cluj Museum in Romania; the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Maxwell Graham/Essex Street in New YorkCity; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; and Hagiwara Projects in Tokyo, Japan; among others.

Hassla Books published a book of Prekop’s work in 2018.

Prekop lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Zak Prekop:
Merganser, 2021
Oil on muslin
15.0 × 14.0 inches /