Toby Ziegler  (British, 1972) 

Toby Ziegler: Toby Ziegler (British, b.1972) is a London-born artist known for playing with perception. His 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 a sculpture, it is fabricated in three dimensions, often in cardboard or wood, or, as in the most recent works, in oxidised aluminium skins.

The process for Ziegler’s paintings is related: often, as with his recent series modelled after works by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (Flemish, c.1525–1569), 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 pixilation, 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.

Recent exhibitions of Ziegler’s work include The Alienation of Objects, 176, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2010); The Future Demands Your Participation: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2010); Hamster Wheel, initiated by Franz West, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2008); Recent Abstraction, British Art Display, Tate Britain, London (2007); and The Future Lasts a Long Time, Le Consortium, Dijon (2005). His work is included in major public and private collections worldwide. He lives and works in London, England.

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Toby Ziegler, Blind Mouth


Toby Ziegler
Blind Mouth

Gallery J. Chen
Toby Ziegler, Clumsy Punctum


Toby Ziegler
Clumsy Punctum

Galerie Max Hetzler
Toby Ziegler, Her Daughter’s Mother


Toby Ziegler
Her Daughter’s Mother

Galerie Max Hetzler
Toby Ziegler, Cotton Rich Panic


Toby Ziegler
Cotton Rich Panic

Simon Lee
Toby Ziegler, Metaplasmus (Second Version)


Toby Ziegler
Metaplasmus (Second Version)

Simon Lee
Toby Ziegler, Grey Ghost


Toby Ziegler
Grey Ghost

Simon Lee
Toby Ziegler, Doña Paz


Toby Ziegler
Doña Paz

Simon Lee
Toby Ziegler, The Big Toe


Toby Ziegler
The Big Toe

Simon Lee
Toby Ziegler, Small Judgement (study)


Toby Ziegler
Small Judgement (study)

Simon Lee
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Toby Ziegler, The Liberals (3rd Version) (in 2 parts)


Toby Ziegler
The Liberals (3rd Version) (in 2 parts), 2008
cardboard, gesso and pins


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1972   Born in London, England
1991 - 1994   B.A. (Hons) Fine Art. Central St. Martin’s
2004 - 2006   Residency at Delfina studios
  Collections: Arad Collection, London, UK; Arts Council, UK; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK; The British Council, UK; British Airways Collection, London, UK; Contemporary Arts Society, London, UK; James Moores Collection, Liverpool, UK; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France; Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia; The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; Tate Gallery, London, UK; The West Collection, S.E.I, Philadelphia, USA; Walsall New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK
  Lives and works in London, England
2014   Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield (upcoming) (solo)
2013   The Red Queen, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania
2013   Borderline Something, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
2012   Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
2012   Toby Ziegler, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2012   Painting in the paramodern continuum, Stavanger Art Museum, Norway
2011   Self-Similar/seen somewhere else at the same time, curated by George Unsworth, Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2011   Toby Ziegler, The Alienation of Objects, New Art Gallery, Walsall, U.K (solo)
2010   Toby Ziegler, The Alienation of Objects, Project 176, Zabludowicz Collection, London, U.K
2010   Newspeak: British Art Now, Part II, The Saatchi Gallery, Londres, UK
2010   Screenings, curated by Robin Footitt, 203-205 Brompton Road, London, UK
2010   The Future Demands Your Participation: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection.
2010   Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai.
2009 - 2010   Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (solo)
2009   Newspeak: British Art Now, The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
2009   The White Show, curated by Caroline Douglas, PM Gallery and House, London, U.K
2009   Reframing, curated by Barry Schwabsky, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
2009   Cui Prodest?, curated by Francseco Stocchi, New Galerie de France, Paris, France (cat.)
2009   Natural Wonders: New Art from London, curated by Nick Hackworth, Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow, Russia
2009   Accrochage, Max Hetlzer, Berlin, Germany
2009   Toby Ziegler, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2008   Toby Ziegler: The Liberals, Simon Lee Gallery, London, U.K (solo)
2008   Toby Ziegler: Danish Pastry/Rose of Mohammed, Parkhaus im Malkastenpark, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2008   Toby Ziegler: The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, Patrick Painter Inc, Los Angeles, U.S (solo)
2008   RU(technhe) TH(episteme)8?, Hats Plus, London, U.K
2008   Parkhaus, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
2008   Thuring and Ziegler, 10 Vyner Street, London, U.K
2008   Nature is a Workshop: selected from the Arts Council Collection, Turner Contemporary Project Space, Margate, U.K
2008   35% Vrai 60% Faux, Simon Lee Gallery, London, U.K
2008   Grotto, Museum 52, London, U.K
2008   Hamsterwheel, initiated by Franz West, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
2007   Hamster Wheel, Festival Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France
2007   Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
2007   Hamster Wheel, Tesa della Nuovissima, Arsenale of Venice, Italy
2007   How to Improve the World, Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, AL
2007   Recent Abstraction, British Art Display 1500 – 2007, Tate Britain, London
2007   Toby Ziegler, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, U.K
2006   Out of Place, The New Art Gallery, Wallsall
2006   Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark
2006   Simon Lee Gallery, London
2006   Archipenture: painters build architecture, Camden Arts Centre, London
2006   Archipenture: artists build architecture, Le Plateau - FRAC d’Ile de France, Paris, France
2005   The Future Lasts a Long Time, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
2005   Ordering the Ordinary, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
2005   Supernova, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery Of Contemporary Art Poland, Krakow (catalogue) Traveling to: Kunstihoone, Tallinn, Estonia, Centre Of Contemporary Art, Vilnius, Lithuania, City Art Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2005   Enter Desire, Chisenhale Gallery (solo)
2004   Kingdom, The Market, Glasgow, UK
2004   Contrapop, Vamiali's, Athens (catalogue)
2004   Expander, Royal Academy of Arts, London (catalogue)
2004   John Moores 23, The Walker, Liverpool, UK
2004   The Future Lasts a Long Time, Tal Esther Gallery, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Israel
2004   Collection 1, Isabella Brancolini Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
2003   Art Kliasma 2003, Moscow
2003   EAST international, Norwich Gallery, Norwich, UK (catalogue)
2003   Civilia, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
2003   Creek, Cell project space, London
2002   Project with Christopher Landoni and Oliver Michaels, King of Norway’s house, Piccadilly, London
2002   Hypnotising Chickens, One in the Other, London
2001   Sages, Scientists and Madmen, One in the Other, London
  The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK
  The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
  Tate Gallery, London, UK
  The Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
  Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, US
  Hudson Valley Centre for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, US
  The West Collection, S.E.I, Philadelphia, US
  Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia
  François Pinault Collection, Paris, France
  Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France
  Arad Collection, London, UK
  Arts Council of England, UK
  Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK
  British Airways Collection, London, UK
  The British Council, UK
  Contemporary Arts Society, London, UK
  James Moores Collection, Liverpool, UK
2006    The Independent – April 3, 2006
2006    ‘Unknown artist’s exhibition illustrates the enduring influence of Charles Saatchi’ by Terry Kirby
2005    Modern Painters – March 2005. ’Emerging Artists – Pattern Recognition’ feature by Sally o Reilly pp 48 – 49
2005    Art Monthly – March 2005. Review by Morgan Falconer pp 34 – 35
2005    Art Review – February 2005. ‘Now You See It, Now You Don’t’ Feature by Patrick Coffey pp 27
2005    Dazed and Confused – January 2005. Interview with Nick Hackworth pp 172
2005    Supernova, British Council, cat.
2004    Contrapop, Vamiali's gallery, Athens, cat.
2004    Expander, Mustafa Hulusi, London, cat.
2004    OM The Observer Magazine - 31st October 2004. Best Of British’ (British Council Collection) pp 22 – 31
2004    Art Review September 2004. ‘A Pattern for Life’ pp 73
2004    Contemporary Magazine – issue 56. Review by Cedar Lewisohn pp 68 – 69
2003    AN Magazine – September 2003. ‘Going It Alone” Cover and pp 24 – 25
2003    EAST International, Norwich gallery, Norwich, cat.
2002    Dazed and Confused – September 2002. ‘Charged Canvas’ Feature by Cedar Lewisohn pp 51 - 53