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b. 1972, United Kingdom

Toby Ziegler Biography

Toby Ziegler’s paintings and sculptures orchestrate a continual oscillation between abstraction and figuration and between classical composition and its digital manipulation and obfuscation. His process often begins with the appropriation of an image which, through endless reproduction, has passed into the visual subconscious. The image is then rendered by computer into modular planes, worked on, developed and modified. If the final result is to be a sculpture, it is then fabricated in three dimensions, often in cardboard or wood, or, as in the most recent works, in oxidised aluminium skins.

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The process for Ziegler’s paintings is related: often, as with his recent series made after Breughel they are based on images of historical paintings, altered to occupy an uneasy territory between the familiar and the strange. The flat picture plane may also be fragmented into facets, onto which detailed motifs are often added, at first seeming to be a kind of mechanically produced pixellation, but on further inspection revealing themselves as hand-painted tesserae, shattering the surface of the picture plane into an endless prismatic refraction of light. In the newer works grids or repeated motifs are painted over the picture, carrying the eye over its entire surface.

Text courtesy Simon Lee Gallery.

Toby Ziegler Featured Artworks

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Anchorite porn by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork
Toby ZieglerAnchorite porn, 2020Oil on aluminium
246 x 171 cm
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A portion of duration by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork
Toby ZieglerA portion of duration, 2019Oil on aluminium
154.5 x 178 x 3 cm
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Last ray by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork
Toby ZieglerLast ray, 2018Oil on aluminium
200 x 241 x 4 cm
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heirloom by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork
Toby Zieglerheirloom, 2019Paper on dibond
109.2 x 151.1 x 3 cm
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It’ll soon be over (exquisite corpse) by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork
Toby ZieglerIt’ll soon be over (exquisite corpse), 20182 channel video installation with sound; 4:55 minutes, looped
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Self portrait as a Klein bottle by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork
Toby ZieglerSelf portrait as a Klein bottle, 2017PETG plastic, aluminium rivets
80 x 120 x 55 cm
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Flesh in the age of reason by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork
Toby ZieglerFlesh in the age of reason, 2017PETG plastic, aluminium rivets
223 x 90 x 91 cm
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Flesh in the age of reason 6 by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork
Toby ZieglerFlesh in the age of reason 6, 2019Oil on aluminium
150 x 100 x 3 cm
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Toby Ziegler Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Toby Ziegler, Flesh in the age of reason at PKM Gallery, Seoul
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20 March–30 April 2019 Toby Ziegler Flesh in the age of reason PKM GallerySeoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Toby Ziegler, Your Mother at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
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31 October 2018–4 January 2019 Toby Ziegler Your Mother Simon Lee GalleryHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Toby Ziegler, Post-human Paradise at Simon Lee Gallery, London
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5 October–12 November 2016 Toby Ziegler Post-human Paradise Simon Lee GalleryLondon

Toby Ziegler Represented By

PKM Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea PKM Gallery Seoul
Simon Lee Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong, London, New York

Toby Ziegler In Related Press

A Certain Kind of Light review – let there be mirror balls Related Press A Certain Kind of Light review – let there be mirror balls 29 January 2017, The Guardian

A show about light: a light show – what might a curator put in? Just about all art concerned with making the world visible in some sense speaks of light, the very condition in which it was made.

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What exhibitions to see during Frieze Related Press What exhibitions to see during Frieze 4 October 2016, Whitewall

While in London next week for Frieze, don’t forget to get out of the fair tents and explore the many exhibitions on view at galleries and museums around town. Here is a non-exhaustive but selective list that should keep you busy. William Eggleston Portraits at The National Portrait Gallery in Covent Garden July 21-October 23 This...

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Review: 'Homeland' at Simon Lee Gallery Related Press Review: 'Homeland' at Simon Lee Gallery 21 June 2015, TimeOut Hong Kong

‘The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice’, Mark Twain once wrote. There are few for whom this is truer than the group of artists exhibiting at Simon Lee Gallery. At first glance, the works of Glenn Brown, Dexter Dalwood, Ged Quinn and Toby Ziegler appear to have little in common, bar the fact that they...

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Toby Ziegler In Video & Audio

Toby Ziegler Related Video & Audio Toby Ziegler 18 December 2017, Simon Lee Gallery

Toby Ziegler talks material slippage, image approximation and recreating the effects of digital technology across sculpture, painting and film.

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