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Quietly Exuberant: A Drawing Portfolio by Tony Ziegler

A painting of a bouquet of flowers on a tableflowers with chair

Tony Ziegler is a traditional artist and illustrator who has exhibited mainly in New York and Massachusetts. In his practice, the artist uses a variety of two-dimensional drawing materials -- such as graphite, pencil crayon, and acrylic paint-- to produce thoughtful, quietly exuberant slice-of-life scenes and portraits. 

A portrait drawing of a figure holding a small childsara


I really enjoy the way Tony uses colour in his works -- the artist goes beyond simply capturing the realistic colours of his subjects and instead expresses a knowledge of colour theory through bright abstract patterns and backgrounds behind his portrait subjects. The artist’s skill with colour also comes into play in his drawings and paintings of city streets and shopfronts, where the artist draws the viewer’s eye with brightly coloured and text-adorned awnings. 

The front page of Tony Ziegler's art portfolio


The illustrative style that Tony employs throughout his portfolio walks a line between realistic and stylized. The compositions often look simple at first, but as the viewer examines each work they are treated to layers upon layers of fine detail that give a complete sense of the location in real life.

A painting of the door to a 24 hour garage24 HR garage door, acrylic on wood panel

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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