Artist's Bio:  Joan Zylkin, The Event Painter

I came with my family to live in Wilmington, DE in 1986 from London, UK and we are now American Citizens, living in center city Philadelphia.

After careers in International Civil Service, (OECD, Paris); Journalism/Editor, (Sydney Australia and London UK) Business Entrepreneur/Owner Fashion Retailer  (London),  and with some very fine local art classes along the way ... from 1992-5 ...  I enrolled in the Certificate Program at the PennsylvaniaAcademy of the Fine Arts, one of the finest art schools in the world, to study anatomy, drawing and painting 24/7, and loved every minute.

I knew that I wanted to paint, and that I love color and gesture ... which led to what I do now ... which is to capture the immediacy of my subjects by working very quickly in oils.  For the last fifteen years or so, I have been painting live at all sorts of performances and events:  Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan, Broadway Shows,  Music of all kinds, Coffee Shops, Beaches ... honing my skills and taking commissions along the way.   I offer my services to paint live at parties and special events, such as Weddings,  and I paint portrait commissions for Fund Raisers and guests love to watch me paint.
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Live painting events and venues include are too numerous to name but include:
The Four Seasons Hotel:  Dallas/Baltimore
Union League Philadelphia
Don Cesar Hotel, St. Petersburg, FL
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Kimmel Center For The Performing Arts
The Barnes Museum
Curtis Center Atrium
The Ballroom at The Ben
Crystal Tea Room
Cescaphe Ballroom
Mercedes Benz of Wilmington DE
Lokey Mercedes Benz, Clearwater FL
The Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
The Down Town Club, Philadelphia, PA
The Rittenhouse Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
Marriott Downtown Philadelphia
Love Park, Philadelphia, PA
Fonthill Castle, Mercer Estates, Doylestown, PA
Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ
The Radisson Hotel, Freehold, NJ
Opus 40, Saugerties, NY
Delaware Art Museum
Aids Day Without Art 
Greenville Country Club,
Arden Candlelight Theatre,
Arden Shakespeare Gild (sic),
The Wilmington Blues Festival,
The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival,
St. Michael’s Day School ... painting babies and todlers in the school …  and taking commissions at their Art Auction
Numerous private parties and weddings

I also paint still lifes and landscapes and have painted pleine air in Maine, Cape Cod, Lewes, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Paris, Belize, San Miguel and Los Cabos, The Riviera and England.

I also paint still lifes and landscapes and have painted pleine air in Maine, Cape Cod, Lewes, Philadelphia, Wilmington,  Paris, Belize, San Miguel and Los Cabos, The Riviera and England. I have exhibited in galleries in Wilmington, DE and in Philadelphia and have a permanent exhibit on line at my website:  www.joanzylkin.com    Also, I have shown in juried shows at the Pennsylvania Academy (PAFA) Alumni Shows, PAFA Student Shows, Delaware Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Delaware Art Museum.  My paintings are in private collections in the US, UK, France, Australia, Mexico and Belize.