About Zack

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Paul Gravett

Zack, a.k.a Oliver Frey (and occasionally ‘Clint’ in the past), has been a professional illustrator all his adult life. A brief biography may be found at the Art of Oliver Frey, which covers his career in mainstream publishing and his amazing output of imagery for computer games magazines, but has little to say about the gay illustrations, for which he is justly famous internationally.


Here are a few  review comments culled from the Web:


Anónimo dijo...

A work of exquisite art…this artist has divine inspiration…Insightful into the workings of the mind, a Da Vinci…In effect [Zack] Oli is the best…painterly flourish, movement, strength, expressiveness and very sexy. What more could you want? You should know just how much I enjoy [Zack] Oli.  Expert at action and sentiment.


Reviews for Zack on amazon.com:


 I purchased this Meatmen because of Zack's stunningly erotic Bike Boy, which I rate the hottest piece of erotica - written, drawn, or filmed – I've ever seen…the artist is truly that: an artist. He knows, and has obviously studied, and mastered, anatomy and design; the action in his panels is exciting, fresh, imaginative, and drawn with beauty and extraordinary concision. At every moment and from whatever angle he draws…Zack knows how to make those bodies, angles, and positions the most arousing.



 Bike Boy by Zack – very European-in-style art I only wish was printed in its original full color (as I discovered on a website). Message To The Emperor takes an innocent youth down a long road in ancient times toward a truly spectacular climax, with amazing art that really raises the standards a few notches. (I only wish I could see it all in color, like the cover illo!)


 Zack, and his Message to the Emperor, is worth the price of the book all by itself. It's a wild, non-stop tour through ancient Rome: witty, unbridled, and drawn with the author's almost incredible eye for detail. Zack doesn't cheat the reader in any way…If Zack's entry doesn't do it for you, you may be dead from the waist down. Once again: when do we get an entire book of Zack, Zack, and nothing but Zack?


Other website comments:


 Even though ZACK's draftsmanship, color and composition are all top notch, what sets him apart from his peers is his narrative sense. The ability to tell a story is something that sets pin-up art apart from good comics art…it's beautifully rendered, erotically charged and has a very clear, distinct narrative.


Oliver Frey/Zack comments on fairviewsue blogsite:


 Uhaaa,these illustrations are getting hotter and hotter!


Sue Says: Based on the number of international hits I get when I post [Zack] Frey’s work, I would say there is a market for one.


Other Zack/Frey comments on Meatcute:


The Meatcute staff is almost ashamed to admit that none of us really paid that much attention to Frey's work when we first saw it – probably in old issues of Meatmen, or something. Anyhow, like a lot of drawings we just sort of flipped past it, immediately brushing it off as ‘not our style’. Then years later, someone actually read one of his pieces and realised how well put together it was. Then we started noticing the volume of his work…now, we're all huge fans. It's one of those times where there should be a book dedicated to all of Frey's erotic work, or maybe one that collected his Rogue works and then one for all of the rest.


Many of the above comments refer to Zack’s prolific comic-strip output, but sadly for the art market, these were all done on computer. The only ‘originals’ exist as the line drawings, executed on layout paper before scanning in for colouring up on computer.


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