Avant-garde artist in post-WWII London and New York, Len Lye created a new form of animation called ‘direct animation’ that asked the viewer not only to consider time and space but colour, pattern, action, rhythm and beat via drawing and manipulations applied directly on film strips. The quality and color of Lye’s films lent themselves nicely to the jazz scene of the 40s and 50s and his films include artists like Fats Waller, Django Reinhardt and Benny Goodman. In his later years Lye focused mainly on building kinetic sculptures.

To see a complete list of Lye’s films: Filmography