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Jan Ziegler

Jan Ziegler

Berlin, Germany

Drawing, Mixed media, Painting • Born in Mannheim, Germany • Studied at Trier, Germany

Published  02/06/2017   |   Updated  17/10/2019

random aesthetics

Berlin-based artist Jan Ziegler was born in southern Germany in 1974. He graduated from design studies in 2000 and has been working for numerous renowned and international fashion and lifestyle brands since then. Jan’s exquisite sense of aesthetics is also reflected in his work as a freelance artist and as a lecturer at several eminent fashion and design institutes. 
As a visually orientated person, he began exploring art and design...

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Berlin-based artist Jan Ziegler was born in southern Germany in 1974. He graduated from design studies in 2000 and has been working for numerous renowned and international fashion and lifestyle brands since then. Jan’s exquisite sense of aesthetics is also reflected in his work as a freelance artist and as a lecturer at several eminent fashion and design institutes. 
As a visually orientated person, he began exploring art and design at an early age. In 2011, he initiated working on his independent artist profile and using the medium of paint to capture snapshots of human emotions in abstract visual references.
Jan’s abstracted landscapes appeal to the viewer’s unconscious perception, they seem placeless and bestow a mysteriously vacuos, almost hermetic sense of atmosphere. 
In his portrait works, Jan pursues a concept of subtle beauty that reaches beyond established ideals. Primarily male faces, they fascinate through their magical presence, and appear lost in reverie, sometimes looking almost stereotypical whilst leaving space for individual associations and interpretation.

Jan often uses researched photographs as inspiration for his paintings, but he is also influenced by afterimages of random encounters as well as visual impressions, and specific light situations that reveal themselves to him. These are fleeting moments of enchantment that he preserves on canvas with acrylic paint. A swift, gestural work process allows the consideration of intuitive aesthetic decisions that do not exclude the moment of chance.

Jan’s work has been exhibited in national and international group shows and can be found in private collections in Europe and the United States.

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Jan Ziegler

Jan Ziegler_untitled_2016_acrylic on canvas_40x30cm

Jan Ziegler_untitled_2016_acrylic on canvas_40x30cm

Jan Ziegler_untitled_2016_acrylic on canvas_40x30cm

Jan Ziegler_untitled_2016_acrylic on canvas_40x30cm

Jan Ziegler_untitled_2016_acrylic on canvas_40x30cm

Jan Ziegler_untitled_2016_acrylic on canvas_40x30cm

Jan Ziegler_untitled_2016_acrylic on canvas_40x30cm

Jan Ziegler_untitled_2016_acrylic on canvas_40x30cm

Jan Ziegler_untitled_2016_acrylic on canvas_50x40cm

Jan Ziegler_untitled_2016_acrylic on canvas_50x40cm

Jan Ziegler_Waning Moon Man IV_2016_ 40x30cm_ acrylic on canvas

Jan Ziegler_Waning Moon Man IV_2016_ 40x30cm_ acrylic on canvas

Jan Ziegler_Waning Moon Man I_2016_ 40x30cm_ acrylic on canvas

Jan Ziegler_Waning Moon Man I_2016_ 40x30cm_ acrylic on canvas

Jan Ziegler_Waning Moon Man II_2016_ 40x30cm_ acrylic on canvas_framed

Jan Ziegler_Waning Moon Man II_2016_ 40x30cm_ acrylic on canvas_framed

Jan Ziegler_Big Waning Moon Man_2016_120x100cm_ acrylic on canvas

Jan Ziegler_Big Waning Moon Man_2016_120x100cm_ acrylic on canvas

exhibition view UMӔTTELIGHED_VORACITY, BLAA GALLERI, Kopenhagen

exhibition view UMӔTTELIGHED_VORACITY, BLAA GALLERI, Kopenhagen

Jan Ziegler_green face_2016_acrylic on canvas_50x40cm

Jan Ziegler_green face_2016_acrylic on canvas_50x40cm

.Jan Ziegler_male portrait_2016_acrylic on canvas_50x40cm

.Jan Ziegler_male portrait_2016_acrylic on canvas_50x40cm

Jan Ziegler_random landscape VI · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape VI · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XXX · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XXX · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XI · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XI · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XVI · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XVI · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XVII · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XVII · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XXVI · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XXVI · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XXVIII · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XXVIII · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XXVII · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XXVII · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape VII · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard · 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape VII · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard · 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XII · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard · 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XII · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard · 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape VIII · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape VIII · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XIII · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

Jan Ziegler_random landscape XIII · acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard· 40cm x 30cm 2017

exhibition view #5#on#paper, JKD GALERIE, Berlin

exhibition view #5#on#paper, JKD GALERIE, Berlin

Jan Ziegler_2017_stargazer_acrylic on cardboard_40 x 30 cm_

Jan Ziegler_2017_stargazer_acrylic on cardboard_40 x 30 cm_

Jan Ziegler_2017_dreamer_acrylic on cardboard_40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_2017_dreamer_acrylic on cardboard_40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_2017_flatscape II_acrylic on canvas_40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_2017_flatscape II_acrylic on canvas_40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_2017_flatscape V_acrylic on canvas_40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_2017_flatscape V_acrylic on canvas_40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_2017_flatscape IV_acrylic on canvas_40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_2017_flatscape IV_acrylic on canvas_40 x 30 cm

exhibition view AND BEYOND, WHITECONCEPTS PROJECTS 09/2017

exhibition view AND BEYOND, WHITECONCEPTS PROJECTS 09/2017

Jan Ziegler_bigJ. _ 2017_ acrylic and spraypaint on canvas_ 100 x 70 cm

Jan Ziegler_bigJ. _ 2017_ acrylic and spraypaint on canvas_ 100 x 70 cm

Jan Ziegler_early summer failures_2018_acrylic on canvas_40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_early summer failures_2018_acrylic on canvas_40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_everything has come to light_2017_acrylic on canvas_49,5 x 34,5 cm

Jan Ziegler_everything has come to light_2017_acrylic on canvas_49,5 x 34,5 cm

Jan Ziegler_lovers_2018_acrylic on canvas_40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_lovers_2018_acrylic on canvas_40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_daydreamer_2018_acrylic on foamblock_41 x 29,5 cm

Jan Ziegler_daydreamer_2018_acrylic on foamblock_41 x 29,5 cm

Jan Ziegler_thinks love can´t buy_2018_acrylic on foamblock_41 x 29,5 cm

Jan Ziegler_thinks love can´t buy_2018_acrylic on foamblock_41 x 29,5 cm

Jan Ziegler_here and now_2018_acrylic on canvas_40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_here and now_2018_acrylic on canvas_40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_2019_hate my desire_acrylic and spraypaint on canvas_ 40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_2019_hate my desire_acrylic and spraypaint on canvas_ 40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_2019_kill the magic_acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard_ 43,5 x 31,5 cm

Jan Ziegler_2019_kill the magic_acrylic and spraypaint on cardboard_ 43,5 x 31,5 cm

Jan Ziegler_2019_I hate you for I love you (II)_acrylic on canvas_ 40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_2019_I hate you for I love you (II)_acrylic on canvas_ 40 x 30 cm

Jan Ziegler_under your sun_acrylic on canvas_100 x 80 cm

Jan Ziegler_under your sun_acrylic on canvas_100 x 80 cm

Jan Ziegler_too much playing_2016_acrylic on canvas_120 x 100 cm

Jan Ziegler_too much playing_2016_acrylic on canvas_120 x 100 cm

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

the berlin sky above the opposite buildings facades

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

acryllic on canvas and experimenting with unusual materials

What themes do you pursue?

abstract studies, landscapes, portraits, the human figure, intuition driven and random coincidence processes

If you could install your art absolutely anywhere, where would that be?

within a collection of ancient greek statues

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

big cities, the lakes, the woods and the beaches


EXHIBITIONS

GROUP

2020

BOYS SHOW, duo-show with Robert Niemann, VONLBISG GALLERY, Berlin / Germany

2019

TEMPORARY EXHIBITION, solo show at POP IN store by ASHLEY MARC HOVELLE, Berlin / Germany

STIR IT UP, group show summer academy painting class Norbert Bisky, ELSA ART SPACE, Bielefeld / Germany

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EDUCATION (detailed)

University of Applied Sciences, Trier / Germany


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