Background. Raised by a painter mother and a sculptor stepfather at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, his early exposure to nature remains a vital force in his work. Zimmerman studied the classical Venetian approach to glass blowing and spent summers on staff at the Pilchuk School in Seattle, where he was exposed to master Italian glass technicians Lino Tagliapietro and Pino Signoretto. While making experimental sculpture, Jeff worked with such esteemed artists as Robert Wilson, Gaetano Pesce and Robert Morris.
Signature style. A celebrated master glass artist, Jeff Zimmerman (b. 1968) belongs to a group of daring contemporary artists who employ the ancient material as a means of expression rather than an end in itself. His signature organic shapes are mysterious but welcoming, disquieting yet familiar. Drawn formally from nature, they result from the dramatic pushing, pulling, dripping and spinning actions through which they took shape — processes that Zimmerman employs to suggest the mutability of the worlds around us and within us.
Showstoppers. Zimmerman has exhibited at galleries and institutions internationally, including Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery, Paris, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the American Crafts Museum. In 2011 he completed commissions for the Hyundai Capital headquarters in Seoul, Korea, and Irvine, California. His work is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, New York, the Boghossian Foundation, Belgium, and MUDAC in Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as esteemed private collections worldwide. Zimmerman currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
What’s up. Zimmerman’s work is currently displayed at R&Company Gallery in New-York and is about to start his European debut on The Invisible Collection with a show-stopping lighting installation.