Leo Wrye Zimmerman (1924–2008) was an abstract artist who founded The Society for the Arts in Louisville and was a prolific artist for over 50 years. His unique style combined art, philosophy, and invention.
Five years in Paris working with pioneers in abstract art led to years of exploration in the field of geometric abstraction which was informed by Zimmerman’s diverse array of endeavors in typography, mechanics, graphic design and business. The resulting artistic style synthesized the aesthetic of non-representational, hard-edged shapes and aggressive color with a philosophy of invention and motion.
His artistic efforts evolved from oil paintings, to large “rural murals”, to kinetic art forms; rotating optical illusions called “Slu Balls”, and over 1000 computer-generated paintings which unfurl and evolve dynamically.