Toby Ziegler Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Toby Ziegler
The Grand Cause


Oil, pencil and gold leaf on canvas

210 x 242.5 cm

In his paintings, Ziegler carefully reproduces his digitised models entirely by hand; each painstakingly rendered shape reveals tell-tale traces of the artist’s intervention. In The Grand Cause, Ziegler’s abstracted sunset subverts the rigidity of graphic design with the spontaneity of painterly expression. Vying between concentrated detail and intuitive mark-making, the perfunctory qualities of his repetitive patterning evolve as personalised statements of authenticity and affectation. Defiling the gold leaf surface with materiality of paint, Ziegler capitalises on the rich and luxurious quality of his ground to draw connotations to beauty and the grotesque.

Toby Ziegler
Designated For Leisure


oil on scotch brite

285 x 400 cm
Divorcing his subjects from the weight of their historical context, Ziegler’s mosaic-like motifs offer geometrically pure terrains for painterly degeneration. In Designated For Leisure, this contradiction between the value of technological precision and its degradation through imperfect translation are reinforced through the painting’s overwhelming scale and holograph-like surface. Composed on reflective industrial fabric, the painting’s surface shifts and transforms when viewed from different angles, revealing the landscape within as a chimera of light and perspective.
Toby Ziegler
The Liberals (3rd Version)


Cardboard, gesso and pins

Part 1: 323 x 220 x 120 cm Part 2: 279 x 220 x 105 cm

Toby Ziegler’s paintings and sculptures engage with ideas of the exotic and synthetic. Fabricating his images and sculptural blueprints on a computer, traditional motifs such as landscapes, still lifes, and cultural artefacts are removed from the familiarity of popular consciousness and reconfigured as templates of abstracted information. Inspired by a set of Victorian Staffordshire figurines, The Liberals (3rd Version) is made from intersecting cardboard panels; the kitsch subject matter and lowly materials take on a monumental quality, like futuristically designed sphinxes.

Other artists in

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lyn. Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Peter Linde Busk    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut    littlewhitehead    Christina Mackie    Alastair Mackinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Systems House    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

Toby Ziegler's Biography

Toby Ziegler
Born in 1972, London, UK
Lives and works in London


Museum Of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland

Toby Ziegler, The Alienation Of Objects, New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK~

Toby Ziegler, The Alienation of Objects, Project 176, Zabludowicz Collection, London, U.K

Toby Ziegler, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany

Toby Ziegler: The Liberals, Simon Lee Gallery, London, U.K
Toby Ziegler: Danish Pastry / Rose of Mohammed, Parkhaus im Malkastenpark, DĂĽsseldorf, Germany
Toby Ziegler: The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, Patrick Painter Inc, Los Angeles, US (cat.)

Toby Ziegler, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK

Toby Ziegler, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK

Enter Desire, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK


Newspeak: British Art Now, Part II, The Saatchi Gallery, Londres, UK
Another Face: Works from the Arts Council Collection, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K
Screenings, curated by Robin Footitt, 203-205 Brompton Road, London, UK
The Future Demands Your Participation: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection. Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai.
A Group Painting Show, Patrick Painter Inc, Santa Monica, US

The White Show, curated by Caroline Douglas, PM Gallery and House, London, U.K
Reframing, curated by Barry Schwabsky, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
Cui Prodest?, curated by Francseco Stocchi, New Galerie de France, Paris, France (cat.)
Natural Wonders: New Art from London, curated by Nick Hackworth, Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow, Russia
Accrochage, Max Hetlzer, Berlin, Germany

RU(technhe) TH(episteme)8?, Hats Plus, London, UK
Parkhaus, Kunsthalle DĂĽsseldorf, DĂĽsseldorf, Germany
Hamsterwheel, organised by Franz West, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
Thuring and Ziegler, 10 Vyner Street, London, UK
Nature is a Workshop: selected from the Arts Council Collection, Turner Contemporary Project Space, Margate, UK
35%Vrai 60% Faux, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
Grotto, Museum52, London, UK

Hamster Wheel, organised by Franz West, Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France, travelled to Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Spain
Size Matters: XXL - Recent Large-Scale Paintings, Hudson Valley Centre for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, U.S.A
Soufflé, curated by Franz West, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (cat.)
How to Improve the World, Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Recent Abstraction, British Art Display 1500 –2007, Tate Britain, London, UK

Out of Place, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, curated by Barry Schwabsky, Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark
Archipenture: Painters Build Architecture, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK, travelled to Le Plateau - FRAC d’Ile de France, Paris, France

The Future Lasts a Long Time, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Ordering the Ordinary, curated by David Thorp, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
Supernova, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art Poland, Krakow, Poland; Kunstihoone, Tallinn, Estonia; Contemporary Art, Vilnius, Lithuania; City Art Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic (cat.)

Kingdom, The Market, Glasgow, UK Contrapop, Vamiali's, Athens, Greece (cat.)
Expander, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (cat.)
John Moores 23, The Walker, Liverpool, UK
The Future Lasts a Long Time, Tal Esther Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Collection 1, curated by Stephen Hepworth, Isabella Brancolini Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

Art Kliasma 2003, Moscow, Russia EAST International, Norwich Gallery, UK (cat.)
Civilia, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Creek, Cell Project Space, London, UK

Project with Christopher Landoni & Oliver Michaels, King of Norway’s House, London, UK
Hypnotising Chickens, One in the Other, London, UK

Sages, Scientists and Madmen, One in the Other, London, UK