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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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LEACH FIELD by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork painting
Toby ZieglerLEACH FIELD, 2021OIL, INKJET AND GESSO ON CANVAS
140 x 193 x 4 cm
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Title TBC by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork painting
Toby ZieglerTitle TBC, 2021Oil, inkjet and gesso on canvas
140 x 193 x 4 cm
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Hard Water by Toby Ziegler contemporary artwork painting
Toby ZieglerHard Water, 2021Oil, 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 ZieglerMOTHER FIGURE, 2020Paper 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 ZieglerMutant algorithm, 2020Video 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 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 sculpture
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 sculpture
Toby ZieglerFlesh in the age of reason, 2017PETG plastic, aluminium rivets
223 x 90 x 91 cm
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Toby Ziegler Recent Exhibitions

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Toby Ziegler Represented By

Simon Lee Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong, London, New York

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