Toby Ziegler’s “Your Mother” at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong

An exhibition of new paintings titled “Your Mother” by London-based artist Toby Ziegler is on view at Simon Lee Gallery through January 4, 2019.

Contemporary British artist Toby Ziegler is famous for creating paintings and sculptures derived from the digital. His works often begin as computer-constructed images, which are then transformed by hand onto canvas or into three-dimensional forms. In the new body of works, Ziegler develops an anatomical and figurative lexicon from two paintings by the 17th century French painter Georges de la Tour — “Magdalene with the Smoking Flame,” and “The Flea Catcher,” both painted between 1630 and 1640. These paintings offer mirrored compositions of a seated female figure in contemplative chiaroscuro.

As the gallery writes, “The largest paintings of the group imagine the meeting of the two compositions, as if the sacred and the profane subjects were to meet in a single pictorial space. Other works re-frame each individual figure, or suggest intimate cropped details, just visible through a lattice of geometric pattern. For the first time, Ziegler’s painting practice arcs back to his sculptural work, a fragmentation and reassembling of body parts in which medium and subject intertwine and coalesce.”

Born in 1972, Ziegler’s work has been shown extensively internationally and has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including an exhibition that opened on November 3 at Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia (2018); New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, UK (2017); Simon Lee Gallery London, UK (2016); The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK (2014); Old Burlington Car Park, London, UK (2012); Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK, which traveled to Sarisalvo, Finland, New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK, and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland (2011-2012).

His work is part of major private and public collections including The Arts Council of England; The British Council; Tate Britain; François Pinault Foundation; Zabludowicz Collection; Goss-Michael Foundation; Kadist Art Foundation; British Airways Collection; Hudson Valley Centre for Contemporary Art and Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania.

 

 

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