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 George Gavin Zeigler  (1962 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/Tennessee      Known for: spectrum painting, abstract sculpture

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The French word collage, after the verb coller, means, "painting, sticking or gluing as in application of wall paper." Its invention is credited to Pablo Picasso.  Other artists such as Henri Matisse and Kurt Schwitters expanded on this invention and have in turn affected my work.

My process involves collage as well as painting and sanding. But, stages in the process also guide the progress of the painting. Therefore chance is a component of my work.  To many modern artists, no matter how powerful their imaginations, chance seems infinitely more resourceful and productive, a more creative tool than anything deliberate or willed.  For example, Matisse often began a painting with no clear idea of how the final picture would look.

The English critic, Lawrence Alloway wrote, "Objects have a history: first they are brand new goods; then they are possessions accessible to few, subjected, often to intimate and repeated use; then, as waste, they are scarred by use but available again ... Assemblages of such material come at the specter as bits of life, bits of the environment."

Using materials and objects, such as coins, checks and stock certificates, for their own qualities in an artistic context is to invite the observer to see them in a completely new way, divorced from their normal purpose. I find the texture of such surfaces with their strong suggestions of tactile qualities, provides me with a visual experience that is a mixture of sensory impressions. My paintings are notable not only for their tactile qualities but the sculptural textures and vivid colors. This is achieved by building layers upon layers of material, utilizing edges, perforations and crevices, which trap pigment, creating visual excitement while at the same time revealing the inherent beauty of these everyday materials.

These materials are works already in progress: prepared for me by the outside world, previously formed, textured by through handling the items, colored, and randomly stamped. Coins for example are unifying, man-made, "artifacts" and identifiable. There're collective use establishes grid patterns.

Keys on the other hand represent people, in that they are all made out of the same material (brass) yet with individual qualities, histories, secrets and characters. The subject in all of my work is surface and color. Paint is as much an object as the materials are in my work.

I draw sustenance from everywhere: from the totality of moral, intellectual and temporal as well as physical and sensory.  My ever-changing environment and my life experiences affect my work.  Titles are derived from many diverse sources such as moods evoked by certain paintings while others are taken from the immediate working environment.  Everything I see exerts, however, unconsciously, an influence on what I create."

1990-1994 BA Art History, Fordham University, New York, NY.
1988 Certificate Program, Graphic Arts, Pratt Institute, New York, NY.


Lordi, Heather M., ed. Who's Who in American Art. Reed Elsevier Inc. 23rd edition. New Providence: New Jersey, 1999.

Weitzman, Erica, ed. The William and Mary Review, Illustrations, Volume 35, 1997.

H.I. Gliick, Publisher. New American Paintings, Illustrations, Book No. 10. Open Studio Press Guild 1997 New York City  New York, NY. June 1997.

Bernstein, Fred A., Interior Design Magazine, Illustrations, Volume 76, No. 9, 2005.

Filicia, Thom, The Franklin Room, Illustrations, The Aichi-USA 2005 World Exposition Inc. & Thom Filicia Inc. 2005.

Liquitex: Artist of the Month, October 2002
Donald Kuspit: Exhibition Award 1998
Ivan Karp: 1st Place Award 1995
David Houston:  Alexandria Museum of Art, 2005
Jacksonville State University:  Visual Art Society Award, 2005

Honorable Michael Bloomberg, New York City, NY
Cramer Berkowitz & Company, New York City, NY
Freedom Management Associates, Inc., New York City, NY
Loews Vanderbilt Plaza, Nashville, TN
Peat, Marwick and Mitchell, Nashville, TN
Southern Energy Corporate Headquarters, Atlanta, GA
Victory Systems, Incorporated, Southport, CT
Eghon Zhender, Atlanta, GA
Kerry Delrose & Ron Senkirk, New York, NY & East Hampton, NY
J. Russell Jackson, Esq., New York, NY & Sag Harbor, NY
The Ritz Carlton, South Beach, FL

Noble, Marilyn, "Gavin Zeigler: Basic Elements in Bronze" Sculptural Pursuit Fall 2007
June-July, 2005    ______. “It’s Not Just Your Ordinary Art.” Health and Wellness Magazine, p. 26.
March 11, 2004    Ernst, Eric. Two Shows Signal the Beginning of Spring. The Southampton Press, page B4.
August 21, 2003    Galasso, Alexandra. Body Shop Yielding to Mixed Media Abstractions. Shelter Island Reporter, Volume 45 Number 8, pages 3 & 6. Illustrations.
July 31, 2003    Wibking, Angela. North and South. Nashville Scene.
April 2003    Hall, Katherine. Emerging Artist: Gavin Zeigler. Art & Antiques, Volume XXVI Number 4, pages 66, 68-69. Illustrations.
October 12, 2001 Wolberg Weiss, Marion. Art Commentary. Dan's Papers, p. 40.
July 12, 2001 Rogers, Pat. Pocket Items, and More, as Backdrops for Paintings. The Southampton Press, p. B1. Illustrations.
May 13, 2001 Harrison, Helen A. Art Reviews. The New York Times.
May 10, 2001 Rogers, Pat. A Global Village of Contemporary Artists Convenes at Exhibition. The Southampton Press, p. B1.
May 3, 2001 Slivka, Rose C. S. From the Studio. Illustration. The East Hampton Star, Volume CXIV Number 39, p. III-5. Illustration.
May 3, 1998 Braff, Phyllis Subjective and Abstract Flow in Many Directions. The New York Times, Volume CXLVII Number 51,146, Section 14, p. 24.
April 3, 1998 Weiss, Marion Wolberg, Art Commentary. Dan's Papers, Volume XXXVIII Number 1, p. 38.
March 26, 1998 Hinckle, Annette International Group Show in Wainscott. Illustration. The Sag Harbor Express, Volume 139 99999999Number 37, p. 9.
November 1,1997 Jacobs, Qa'id. Touchable Art: A Profile of Gavin Zeigler. Plug-In (
October 23, 1997 Hinkle, Annette. Sag Harbor Artist Zeigler in Juried Exhibit. The Sag Harbor Express, Volume 139 Number 15, p. 8.
October 23, 1997 Sansegundo, Sheridan. In the Galleries. The East Hampton Star, Volume CX Number 11, Section III, p. 6.
August 10, 1995 ______. Zeigler's Paintings Featured in Display. Illustration. The Lebanon Democrat.
August 4, 1995 ______. Divergent artists to exhibit works at Art League. Cape Island Voice.
August 3, 1995 ______. Divergent artists to exhibit works at Art League. Cape May Star and Wave.
November 1988 Kent, Jonathan. Bunn Gray, Nashville's Renaissance Man. The Monocle, Volume 1, Number 3, pp. 10-11.
May 18, 1982 ______. FHS student finalist in art competition. Illustration. The Review-Appeal, p. 5.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Gavin Zeigler is a decorative geometric abstractionist and pattern painter who often incorporates found objects such as coins, keys and paper items that he encrusts with color.  His paintings frequently have an all-over grid pattern with intense color.

Zeigler received an award at the Hunter Museum of American Art, 11th Annual Art show in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Earlier, he won a prize at an exhibition sponsored by the Levitan Gallery in New York City in 1995.  In 2002, he was named Liquitex Artist of the Month.

Zeigler was raised in Franklin, Tennessee near Nashville and studied with Walter Bunn Gray and at the Atlanta College of Art, and Fordham University, Bronx, New York.  He has lived in New York City since 1987 and has his studio at Shelter Island, New York.


Art and Antiques, April 2003

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