A native of Chicago, Jeff Zimmermann has achieved national and international recognition for his large-scale murals featuring painted images of contemporary pop culture and sensitively rendered portraits. Zimmerman's pop culture references range from innocuous consumer products such as beer cans, hard candy rings, and high heeled shoes, to more symbolically charged images like pistols and portraits of political figures. The images are discrete and floating, knitted together by geometric areas of flat color. The overall aesthetic is smooth and sensual: shiny metal and glossy surfaces, rendered in saturated colors. Zimmermann's paintings have the sex appeal of commercial art, and any irony surrounding that connection is light and playful. The artist's background as a graphic designer explains his shrewd use of flashy and graphic forms which also permeate the mass media (Zimmermann's self-proclaimed competition), operating on the theory that we all deeply love the flashy stuff.