This painting features two lilacs that vary subtly in tone and transparency, demonstrating the artist's deft use of rich color.

① Artwork:


This painting features two lilacs that vary subtly in tone and transparency, weaving in and out of each other in a dense field. The brushstrokes are both freeform and premeditated, and the composition gains vibrancy from a flat layer of crimson red underneath. Prekop's deft style can appear improvisational at first, but a closer look reveals intentional underlying structures.


23 inches
26 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:
Standing, 2019
Oil on canvas
26.0 × 23.0 inches /