Inspired my entire life by artistic grandparents, a painter-professor and a quilter-entrepreneur, I’ve been exposed to numerous techniques and mediums as well as the lifestyle of an artist.
The creative impulses have always been present, although I hardly pursued them until college. Pencil and brush were my first major tools, with my focus on figures, shapes and composition. However, I believe to have recently discovered my preferred medium in wood, tinkering last summer with recycled scraps in my Grandpop’s garage workshop.
My process is always about layering. I aim to add many smaller pieces or ideas, bringing them together to form something greater. Keeping an open mind and assessing the composition from all angles allows me to make adjustments throughout the entire art making process.
At the end of the day, if I cannot trust my gut then the piece never gets finished. So when a piece does finally comes together, it is very spiritual.
Get to know Zach in an interview on our Blog, written by our current intern, Tyler Raso: https://lvartscouncil.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/artist-staff-spotlight-zach-kleemeyer
Zach’s collection will be on display at Lehigh Valley Arts Council (840 Hamilton Street, Suite 201, Allentown) until the end of August. Our hours of operation are 9am to 5pm.
Zach Kleemeyer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1989. He has worked mostly on paper and canvas, but in the last year has become captivated in exploring the possibilities of woodworking and mixing recycled materials into his art.
Kleemeyer earned a B.A. in Communication Studies with Studio Art as a minor, from Bloomsburg University in 2012. He and his classmates, from Intermediate and Advanced Drawing, exhibited a mural entitled Space, at Bucknell University of 2012. After college, Kleemeyer joined the administrative staff at Civic Theatre of Allentown in an effort to surround himself with creative energy that might influence his artistic journey.
In May of 2016, Kleemeyer jumped at an opportunity to sublet a studio from an artist at the Banana Factory, and show off his work for the first time at the June First Friday. Kleemeyer now works at the Lehigh Valley Arts Council in an administrative capacity, promoting the arts in the Lehigh Valley.
He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.