These days, Ruben Zellermayer (1949) is known for being a local Hamilton sculptor; often savaging discard pieces of wood and breathing life into metal. I suppose it is to no surprise that he is equally obsessed with drawing. “To draw is to understand what we see,” notes Peter Steinhart in his 2005 book “The Undressed Art”. It is through continuous exploration with pen to paper that Zellermayer captures his world around him and is also able to translate his ideas into sculpture.
In this online exhibit, there are three main streams of thought. One thought that relates mostly to his sculptures are the masks and abstract compositions. These pen and ink drawings assist in understanding the planes in which to manipulate wood and metal. From here, some of the former abstract figures find softer curves in Zellermayer’s landscapes. The landscapes often depict a simpler time of home and labour; two things that Zellermayer cherishes. Finally, Ruben Zellermayer expresses a deep love and appreciation for the feline. Sharing his home with two cats, Zellermayer cannot help, but capture their flexibility and personality on paper; at times, their positions that seem unattainable.
Before Ruben Zellermayer came to Hamilton he lived in Toronto. During the 70s and 80s Zellermayer spent most of his time fulfilling commissions in bronze. He studied at Noack Foundry in Berlin Germany and studied at Einhug Institute in Halifax following attending the University of Toronto for Art History. Some of Zellermayer’s notable sculptures are in front of the Holocaust Museum, North York; Stargazer-Meier Naef Gallery, Barrie; and Sarnia Public Art Gallery, Sarnia. He has had many group and solo exhibition and represented by Earls Court Gallery.