b. 1970 (USA). Lives and works in Edinburgh. Jeff studied theatre in the USA and glass painting at Edinburgh College of Art, where he still teaches.
His work has been purchased for the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Jeff is primarily a painter on glass who creates environments with enigmatic meaning.
Zimmer is fascinated by exploring areas between certainty and doubt, conveying a sense of the volume of space, and provoking a sensual experience of light.
"In a polarized political and social atmosphere I view ambiguous subject matter and visual presentation as political acts."
His images are built through multiple firings of enamels on many layers of glass, allowing a depth of space within which objects ‘move’ as the viewer moves around the piece as imagery on each layer shifts in relation to the others and to the light.
His work is in the collections of the V&A, The European Museum for Modern Glass, The Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, and others, and has been selected for the 2014 Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass, the 2012 European Applied Arts Prize and two British Glass Biennales. It has been selected three times by an international competition as one of 100 pieces to feature in "New Glass Review", and has been published in "Neues Glas/New Glass" and "Glass" magazines.
Jeff exhibited with Craft Scotland at the 2014 SOFA Chicago and the 2011 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.
2014 Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass, Second Prize
2014 Stephen Procter Fellowship, Australian National University, Canberra