Meet David Zimmerman
My art is a collision of inspiration and participation. It begins with a glimpse, a chance detail, a striking image pulled from everyday life. I fixate on detail and texture and often find that ordinary moments produce surprising inspirations. My aim is not a mere reproduction, but a process that reflects and interacts with the beauty that initially sparked my interest, changing it in surprising ways, allowing for unplanned contours and expressions, altering the way we all see the world I paint.
Juxtaposition is important to my work. Context and fragment, rock and bark, brick and moss, city and countryside: the surprising way that the world harmonizes disparate textures comes through in my work. There is a push and pull between worlds, between heaven and earth, and there is so much in-between. This resonates with the conflict and balance of emotion within my work. My paintings evoke thoughts and feelings that are in tension, sometimes creating a discomfort in the viewer. At the same time, they have an aesthetic harmony, a unified beauty that draws all the elements together. Light and dark colour palettes break into each other, crash over each other, and remain distinct as they come together.
My creative process makes meaning. Initially, my process was a quest to break from my roots in pen and ink–a medium with too much precision and control–and to allow the art to emerge organically from the techniques and materials themselves. I wanted to interact with the medium, not control it. I have found a way to explore and discover as I create, to be surprised by the work, even as I construct it. I use thick, heavy, gel mediums that form their own ridges and textures, reflecting surprising hues and shapes I had not intended. I often set my brushes aside and engage with my hands to feel and effect change in the paintings. This interactivity is shared with the viewer. The deep textures of my art invite the viewer to touch. My works are fluid as they are viewed from different angles and under different lighting, with the glossy reflections incorporating the distinctive of viewer and surroundings into each viewing of my work. They blur the boundary between painting and participant, inviting the context into the experience at every level.
The philosophy of my work is found in the mediums. I commonly remark that you can purchase a Zimmerman but you can never own the image as it is always morphing and changing around the time of day, how close one is standing, what they are wearing and the present surroundings.
About David Zimmerman
David Zimmerman’s art is shaped by his life in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the city of Calgary just a short drive from his home. David loves the outdoors, hiking, and biking. He has been active in the development and maintenance of the trail network around Bragg Creek, from being one of the early pioneers in creating some of the networks to continuing to support the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association in fundraising and volunteering. The contours and wide expanses of Canada’s western landscape have been his space to explore and discover. This sense of discovery through adventure is always with David, whether he is holding a brush, reading a book, or engaged in conversation.
David is an active member in the community of Bragg Creek where he lives with his wife, Tara, and their four children. He can often be found at community events or helping with the wellness committee, nearby community associations, the food bank, school painting days, and community paint nights. By day, David is the senior pastor of Bragg Creek Community Church which meets in the local community center on Sundays. He is passionate about community and charitable works. For a list of charities David supports, visit the Charities page.
David Zimmerman is known all over Canada and the U.S. His work has touched many lives, and the unique high gloss look brings his paintings to life for everyone to enjoy.
- Oil paints on hardboard canvas
- Gel mediums
- Metallic foils and silver leaf
- Burlap and fabrics
- Sign ink
- Resin epoxy gloss medium