Born 1924 in Los Angeles, California
A Printer Fellow at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in the early 1960s and a graduate of the University of Southern California (M.F.A., 1951), where he later taught, Joseph Zirker was trained in the areas of lithography, intaglio, and relief printmaking, but distinguished himself as a master of the monotype medium. In 1967, the artist based in Menlo Park, California invented a process enabling the printing of a single, unique lithograph from an image drawn on paper, plastic or gessoed surfaces treated with acidified gum. During his 1988 residency, Zirker demonstrated processes allowing for "monotypes made from charcoal, carbon, graphite and pastel" to be "printed separately or in combinations with water based media."

Untitled 1
1988; monotype on Arches 88; sheet: 22 3/8 x 30 (55.88 x 76.2); unique