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.

Timeline

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

Exhibitions

2014
Toby Ziegler: Expanded Narcissistic Envelope, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield (solo)
2014
Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong (solo)
2014
Conflict and Collisions: New Contemporary Sculpture The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield
2014
NewArtCentre - Roche Sculpture Park and Gallery, Salisbury
2014
Halftone: Through the Grid, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin | Paris, Germany / France
2014
Landscape: The Virtual, The Actual, The Possible, Guandong Times Museum, Ghuangzhou
2014
Love Story - The Collection Anne & Wolfgang Titze, Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
2014
Walk The Line, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
2014
Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris, France (solo)
2013
The Red Queen, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania
2013
Borderline Something, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2013
REMEMBER EVERYTHING, 40 Years Galerie Max Hetzler Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (cat.), Germany (solo)
2012
Toby Ziegler, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2012
Painting in the paramodern continuum, Stavanger Art Museum, Norway
2012
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
2011
Toby Ziegler, The Alienation of Objects, New Art Gallery, Walsall, U.K (solo)
2011
Self-Similar/seen somewhere else at the same time, curated by George Unsworth, Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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

Public Collections

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

Literature

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