Dan Zollinger

Creator of vintage inspired art, illustration, graphic novels. Noir, Sci-Fi, vintage imagery. Publications include N.Y.Times, Esquire, Playboy...

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CULTARTES MAGAZINE
SUPERSONIC ART
DOCTOR OJIPLATICO
FUCKYEAHILLUSTRATIVEART!
LOST AT E MINOR

PUBLICATIONS INCLUDE: N.Y.Times, Esquire, National Geographic, Playboy, Washington Post, Businessweek

CULTARTE MAGAZINE WRITES-
The needle scratched the vinyl and the thick smoke hurts your eyes but you can’t look away from the silhouette of the creature that just walked into the bar. The neon sign outside flashed for a moment before she let the door shut, cigarette burning between her fingers, smoke tangling in her black curls. Suddenly, the night took an interesting turn.

What Dan Zollinger evokes through his illustrations is the aesthetic of a 40’s – 50’s crime thriller, where the sullen but handsome detective navigates through jazz bars in search of clues for solving a certain mysterious murder. Zollinger’s men are sharply dressed, revolvers at their hips, inspecting vintage hotel rooms and dining at roadside joints.

As their counterpart, the pale femmes fatales smoke casually at dimly lit tables, pearls adorning their ears. They never face the viewer but their beauty demands attention and the offer to light her next cigarette. The portraits are nevertheless intimate.

Zollinger creates the spaces in which his characters move; motel parking lots, shiny bar facades and local diners. In the bright neon lights, the chrome glints and the jet black paint shines from the vintage Fords that are parked outside. One can almost feel the fog and cold rain from the nights that engulfs the scenery.

-Alyx Serbanescu

September 18th, 2016 CULTARTES MAGAZINE
— http://cultartes.com/jazzy-nights-mysterious-murders-art-dan-zollinger/