Ken Zier was born in 1968 in the Danish town of Aarhus. Since childhood he and his family have been closely connected to the sea and maritime environments. As the grandchild of the marine painter, Wolmer Zier, and with a distinct talent for painting at an early age, Zier felt a desire to continue the tradition of realistic marine painting. For generations his family have been keen yachtsmen and pen and paper was always part of the baggage on the summer journeys, resulting in a number of fine pen drawings. In time oil painting took over and his main emphasis became ship portraits.
As Zier refined his technique, the ships gradually faded into the background and now only appear as small objects on the horizon. It is the air, the sea, and the atmosphere in the surroundings that are important to him. His technique combines the flat with more texture. In this way he achieves a sort of impressionistic realism that gives his paintings a unique expression. These sentiments have left an indelible picture on the mind of the artist when he has participated in, or followed various regattas.
In recent years, Ken has painted large impressive paintings of typical seascapes including a small series of meteorological studies of the weather’s effect on the sky and sea. A rather unique type of work are his big night paintings that has caught much attention. These paintings portray various seaside towns at dusk or lit up by the moon.
Ken has been involved in painting commissions and in 2007 he did six paintings for the FARR 40 regatta in Skagen, Denmark. He has been a professional artist since 1995 with extensive exhibitions in Denmark and abroad.