Paris Years

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Paris Years

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Kentucky in 1948, Zimmerman returned to Louisville and entered a painting in the “Annual Kentucky and Southern Indiana Exhibition of Art” at Stewart Dry Goods Store. The exhibition was judged that year by Katherine Kuh, curator of art interpretation for the galleries at […]

Rural-Mural

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Rural-Mural

The rural-mural was an idea originally conceived by Zimmerman in 1952 after spending time driving through the countryside of France. It combines his aesthetic of geometric abstraction, aggressive color palette and sense of visual drama with his philosophy that art should be available to the public, enrich their experience and enhance the beauty of public […]

Library Doors

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Library Doors

By the mid-sixties Zimmerman had dropped out of the public art scene, though he continued to stay creatively active working independently and collaborating with other local artists. He was hired on as the physical facilities manager at the Louisville Free Public Library in 1966 where he worked until 1977. During his time working as physical […]

Inventions

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Inventions

In 1954, dissatisfied with the available brush cleaning systems that incurred damage to paintbrushes during washing, Zimmerman developed an alternative device he named “the Silicoil”. The invention of the Silicoil brush cleaning system was patented in 1962 and afforded Zimmerman the freedom to focus on pursuing his artistic vision. The Silicoil, manufactured and distributed by […]

Slu Cube

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Slu Cube

In 1992, only several years after the show of Lacquered Kinetic Paintings debuted at the University of Kentucky, Zimmerman added another creation to his arsenal of “illusion-works”. He deemed it the Slu Cube. Developed using a 3-D drawing program on an Apple Macintosh Quadra 700 computer, the slu cube structure is composed of three panels […]

Apple Art

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Apple Art

Deemed “Apple Art” because of their production on an Apple Macintosh Quadra 700, these abstract vector illustrations exhibit qualities found in Zimmerman’s earlier work, but with the added dimension of time and motion. Created beginning in 1992 using a basic graphics program called Aldus Freehand Version 3.1 and a digitalizing tablet, Zimmerman creates forms that […]

A Wrye Life Book

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A Wrye Life Book

In 1993 Zimmerman began work on an autobiography. The book, which he titled, A Wrye Life, grew to over 1,300 pages before its completion and in addition to his art covers his life and his interest in all things mechanical including power and painting tools. Hound dogs, Mozart, custon built automobiles and hundreds of Wrye […]

A Wrye Vision: Arts Importance in Society

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“I believe that art (painting, music, sculpture, and literature) is the most important manifestation of human culture. It is art, ‘the finer things of life’, that makes any human activity seem worthwhile. It is though the cultural heritage of the past (that) today’s man thinks himself as a civilized being… There must be art, no […]