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Zak Last Contemporary Artist.

Zak is a contemporary artist based in Lancashire, England, working predominantly with oil paints onto canvas or canvas paper. His oil on canvas paintings are bespoke hand built, using solid pine frames, with a cotton canvas stretched around the frames. The canvas is then sized using a traditional method. 

All Zak's original oil paintings are created from life or direct observation from the subject. Drawing is the foundation of every painting that he creates. Working en Plein air allows Zak to truly depict what he sees and interpret light, colour, form, shape, and movement. 

Zak creates his paintings  on canvas paper, canvas or hardboard, which he later finishes in his studio. The three painting platforms allow him to exercise different techniques and styles. Using oil on canvas means he can build up the paint in layers, creating an expressive surface texture and a physical depth to the painting, giving it an almost 3D effect. Using canvas paper, he can work quickly with washes of oil and using board is the most practical solution to working outdoors. 




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Artistry Of Lancashire: Zak Last

An indepth editorial written by Caroline Spalding of the Lancashire Times.


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