b. 1972, United Kingdom

Toby Ziegler Biography

Toby Ziegler (b. 1972) brings together motifs derived from a wide range of sources, including photographs of the Freud family, Spanish still-life paintings, Dutch Old Masters and Nineteenth Century landscape paintings. He uses the computer to generate new forms and pictorial spaces, playing with facetted structures for his sculptures and manipulating layers of pattern for his two dimensional works. The physical realisation of these digital forms allows mistakes and idiosyncrasies to creep into the rigorous schematic process and to erase the clear distinction between figuration and abstraction. Toby Ziegler revels in the slippage between the virtual and the actual, and furthermore in the very physical acts of decomposing, distorting, and damaging the materials. While Ziegler provides the viewer with some access to follow his path he intentionally leaves room for personal interpretation.

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"As a process, the enlargement of pixelated, discoloured images seems almost automatic in Ziegler – as if no new voice could be imparted to an image before it had passed through a singular neutralising filter. [...] The metal ensures a very specific form of paint adhesion and drying; it retains the trace of every brushstroke, whose nuances stand out at each transition. [...] Yet these operations would mean nothing without a further process, one that comes into effect after the first layer of paint has been painstakingly laid down. Of course, it is thought through from the start with the aid of a computer used to elaborate the composition. This second stage can be perceived as a kind of sabotage – though without it the painting would not be complete. Ziegler now sprays the painting, authoritatively superimposing a pattern over the motif."

Jean-Marie Gallais, in Toby Ziegler: Borderline Something, Galerie Max Hetzler and Holzwarth Publications, 2013

Text courtesy Galerie Max Hetzler.

Toby Ziegler Featured Artworks

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LEACH FIELD by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork painting
Toby Ziegler LEACH FIELD, 2021 Oil, inkjet and gesso on canvas
140 x 193 x 4 cm
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Title TBC by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork painting
Toby Ziegler Title TBC, 2021 Oil, inkjet and gesso on canvas
140 x 193 x 4 cm
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Hard Water by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork painting
Toby Ziegler Hard Water, 2021 Oil, inkjet and gesso on canvas
140 x 191.5 x 4 cm
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MOTHER FIGURE by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork works on paper
Toby Ziegler MOTHER FIGURE, 2020 Paper on aluminium
243.5 x 191.5 x 3 cm
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Mutant algorithm by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork sculpture, moving image
Toby Ziegler Mutant algorithm, 2020 Video installation with sound, 5:34 minutes, looped
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It’ll soon be over (exquisite corpse) by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork moving image
Toby Ziegler It’ll soon be over (exquisite corpse), 2018 2 channel video installation with sound; 4:55 minutes, looped
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Self portrait as a Klein bottle by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork sculpture
Toby Ziegler Self portrait as a Klein bottle, 2017 PETG plastic, aluminium rivets
80 x 120 x 55 cm
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Flesh in the age of reason by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork sculpture
Toby Ziegler Flesh in the age of reason, 2017 PETG plastic, aluminium rivets
223 x 90 x 91 cm
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Toby Ziegler Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Toby Ziegler Represented By

Galerie Max Hetzler contemporary art gallery in Bleibtreustraße 45, Berlin, Germany Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin, London, Paris
Simon Lee Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong, London, New York

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