Zenna Broomer

Zenna Broomer was born in the British Midlands, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. After graduation she taught Arts & Crafts in both inner city public and private schools.

She Immigrated to the U.S. in the sixties and traveled widely. Her new Country had a profound effect on her work and this is reflected in the vitality of her Urban Abstractions. Around that time she became deeply influenced by the Bauhaus movement in which she found parallels to her own studies in England.

Zenna currently lives and works in Princeton, New Jersey.

Her bifurcated background in both the Old and the New World has positively influenced her “down to earth” style. Many of her works were inspired by the gritty vistas as seen from the New Jersey Turnpike near the Pulaski Skyway. Recently her work has evolved further into abstraction as seen in the Duomo gallery. Interestingly, the images of her latest work, shown in the Obelisk gallery, have been gouged out of wood panels with razor-sharp cutting tools. The paint she uses is unique in that it is homemade from dry metal oxides.

Education

Wolverhampton University, England, BS in Fine Arts.

Coursework

Arts and Crafts, Design, Philosophy of the Bauhaus, Printmaking and Drawing. Painted scenery at the local theater in Wolverhampton England.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2017 METRO 31 cWOW’s Art Exhibition | Newark, New Jersey
  • 2016 New Jersey Art’s Annual: Fine Arts | Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • 2015 Ironbound Unbound #5 | Sumei Art Center, Newark, New Jersey
  • 2015 The African American Experience Trenton City Museum | Trenton, New Jersey
  • 2014 America through Artist’s Eyes NJ State Museum | Trenton, New Jersey
  • 2014 Princeton Art Alliance 25th. Anniversary Show | Princeton, New Jersey
  • 2013 Collaboration with A-Team Artists of Trenton Area Soup Kitchen TASK. | Trenton, New Jersey
  • 2007 Biennale Internatzionale Firenze. | Florence, Italy
  • 2007 New Jersey Art’s Annual: Fine Arts | Oceanville, New Jersey
  • 2006 Erdman Gallery Princeton Theological Center | Princeton, New Jersey
  • 2006 Hunterdon Museum purchase prize | Clinton, New Jersey
  • 2004 Hunterdon Museum first prize “The Box” | Clinton New Jersey
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Lower Manhattan Juror’s choice Award | New York, New York
  • Union Gallery Moscow USSR Artist Exchange Program | Moscow, Russia

TAWA.2000 Interview on PBS Television WHYY. Jurors Choice Award for “The Containers” at the Ellarslie Show.

New York Times 2006. New Jersey Footlights news write up on Zenna’s “57th St & 7th Ave.” painting.

Princeton Packet article by Ilene Dube highlighting Zenna’s One Woman Show at The Erdman Gallery Princeton Theological Seminary Princeton New Jersey.

Newark Star Ledger, Dan Bischoff re “Edison” reviews Zenna’s prize-winning abstract painting at The Hunterdon Museum.