David Zahn

David Zahn

Moline, IL



David Zahn lives and works in Moline, Illinois. Originally from the Chicago area, he has been creating artwork for many years. David creates imaginative sculptures, and is known for his bronze and ceramic pieces. His figure-based artworks are interesting to look at containing some sort of mystery in them. Movement is another important aspect of David’s art. He likes to create intriguing juxtapositions of static and flowing forms in his imagery. Works by David Zahn can be found in public, private, and corporate collections. There are many pieces of his art on permanent public display both indoors, and outdoors, in Iowa, Illinois, and other locations.


Artist Statement

Creating art has always been part of my life. The human form is often the center of my work, and the abstract elements of art are just as important to me as any subject matter I may be portraying. I strive to make pieces that have a timeless quality, contain strong aesthetics, and are a mystery for the viewer. Realism can be part of my sculptures and it is often blended with other forms to create an interesting, thought provoking image. I love the idea of a relic from another time or place and the magic of things unknown. It is a purposeful twist that some of my pieces are made to look futuristic, and appear as a relic from the past at the same time. The exciting thing for me is the evolution of my work over the years. New themes and motifs arise, past ideas resurface in new ways, and the relationship with the materials grows richer and the images more personal. I also consider all of my smaller works to be maquettes for larger pieces. I have created larger than life-size sculptures from original ideas that were made only 16 inches tall.

David Zahn, Symmetry, 2021, cast aluminum, 20" x 26" x 7"