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The paintings here employ an "ornamental" approach to painting, meaning "beautiful and harmonious" brushstrokes. They also draw inspiration from the shapes and forms of circuitry and technical contraptions, as well as from the shapes of protruding insect parts. This confluence suggests in part that they are equally bizarre to an anthropocentric eye.

I am fascinated by what I'm calling "ornament," since so much that surrounds us seems decorative rather than useful or utilitarian. This "ornament" embellishes our daily lives, almost unavoidably. Perhaps it is analogous to the way in which we decorative humans are superfluous to the prions that are working away underneath it all.

Especially in the early paintings here I use artificial colors, that don't tend to occur in nature, to avoid mere documentary representation.

Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic, dispersion and househod paint on canvas
ORNAMENTAL FRAGMENTS (competing with each other and other entities)
2016 - work in progress
Acrylic, dispersion and househod paint on canvas
60" x 72", 152 x 182 cm

This painting is a by-product of working on other paintings. I use leftover paint on brushes and diverted attention (or next to no attention) to continue working on it. The thumbnails show earlier stages of the painting from 2015, 2014 and 2011.
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic on canvas
BLACK TO WHITE (ornamental)
2007
Acrylic on canvas
Each 18" x 18", 45.5 x 45.5 cm

I started with black (layer 1) and progressed to a top ornamental layer of white (layer 10)
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Digital print
TECHNOID / INSECTOID
2007
Digital print
Colors and dimension variable

Digital print derived from painting ORNAMENTAL / TECHNOID / INSECTOID from 1996
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigments and acrylic on canvas
ORNAMENTAL / TECHNOID / INSECTOID
2000
Pigments and acrylic on canvas
55" x 31.5", 140 cm x 80 cm

A. Z.; Berlin
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Household paint on distressed canvas
THE DARKER SIDE OF ORNAMENTAL FRAGMENTS
1997
Household paint on distressed canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Household paint on distressed canvas
FRAGMENT - ORNAMENT I
1997
Household paint on distressed canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Household paint on distressed canvas
FRAGMENT - ORNAMENT II
1997
Household paint on distressed canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Household paint on distressed canvas
FRAGMENT - ORNAMENT III
1997
Household paint on distressed canvas
46" x 14", 117 x 36 cm

M.-L. M., New York
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic on canvas
LANDSCAPE WITH THREE ORNAMENTAL BLURBS
1997
Acrylic on canvas
ca. 60" x 45", 153 x 114 cm

P. G., Milano
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigments and acrylic on canvas
FRAGMENTED SYMMETRY
1997
Pigments and acrylic on canvas
Two panels, each 24" x 48", 61 cm x 122 cm

Schopenhauer or Picasso or Mies van der Rohe or... supposedly said that "symmetry is the art of the primitive" (or of the allegedly simple-minded or naïve, for that matter). Luckily, this painting is not symmetrical.

F. C., Milano
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic and pigment on distressed canvas
ORNAMENTS AT WORK
1988-1966
Acrylic and pigment on distressed canvas
ca. 45" x 60", 114 cm x 153 cm

R. A., New York
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigment and acrylic on gilded MDF (wood)
ORNAMENTAL / TECHNOID / INSECTOID
1996
Pigment and acrylic on gilded MDF (wood)
Each 18" x 18" x 2 2/8", 45 x 45 x 5 cm

G. M., Milano
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigment on wood
BLUE WITH MOSS
1996
Pigment on wood
9.5" x 9.8" x 2", 24 x 25 x 5cm

P. G., Milano
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigments and acrylic on canvas
ORNAMENTAL / TECHNOID / INSECTOID
1995
Pigments and acrylic on canvas
35.5" x 35.5", 90 x 90 cm

City of Heidelberg
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigments and acrylic on canvas
ORNAMENTAL STRUCTURES (Hidden by Nebulae)
1994
Pigments and acrylic on canvas
35.5" x 35.5", 90 x 90 cm

M. A. Sch., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigments and acrylic on canvas
ORNAMENTAL / TECHNOID / INSECTOID
1994
Pigments and acrylic on canvas
Each 35.5" x 35.5", 90 x 90 cm

A combination of paintings
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigments and acrylic on canvas
ORNAMENTAL UNIVERSE
1994
Pigments and acrylic on canvas
35.5" x 35.5", 90 x 90 cm

W. E.; Heidelberg
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic on canvas
TECHNOID / INSECTOID I
1994
Acrylic on canvas
35.5" x 35.5", 90 x 90 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic on canvas
TECHNOID / INSECTOID II
1994
Acrylic on canvas
35.5" x 35.5", 90 x 90 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic on canvas
TECHNOID / INSECTOID III
1994
Acrylic on canvas
35.5" x 35.5", 90 x 90 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigments and acrylic on canvas
ORNAMENTAL STRUCTURES (Framing the Universe)
1994
Pigments and acrylic on canvas
Each panel 19.7" x 19.7", 50 x 50 cm

V. T.; Dublin
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic on distressed canvas
TECHNOID / INSECTOID (Fluorescent Red)
1994
Acrylic on distressed canvas
35.5" x 35.5", 90 x 90 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Dispersion paint and acrylic on canvas
ORNAMENTAL BREAK-DOWN (With Fake Drips)
1994
Dispersion paint and acrylic on canvas
93" x 122", 236 cm x 310 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Dispersion paint and acrylic on canvas
ORNAMENT & AUTO & THING (With a Little Help From My Friends)
1994
Dispersion paint and acrylic on canvas
93" x 122", 236 cm x 310 cm

I. & K. M., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigments and acrylic on canvas
ORNAMENTS IN SPACE
1993
Pigments and acrylic on canvas
35.5" x 35.5", 90 x 90 cm

S. K.; Freiburg
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigments and acrylic on canvas
ORNAMENTAL / INSECTOID (Gold On Deep Blue)
1993
Pigments and acrylic on canvas
43" x 43", 109 x 109 cm

S. K.; Freiburg
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigments and acrylic on canvas
ORNAMENTAL / INSECTOID (Blue On Deep Blue)
1993
Pigments and acrylic on canvas
43" x 43", 109 x 109 cm

City of Heidelberg
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic on canvas
THE HEROIC BATTLE OF PSEUDO - ORNAMENTS AGAINST NON-ORNAMENTAL BASTARDS
1993
Acrylic on canvas
48" x 72", 122 x 182 cm

N. & S. d. O., Milano
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic on canvas
HORROR VACUI
1993
Acrylic on canvas
20" x 59", 50 x 150 cm

A. H.; Heidelberg
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigments and acrylic on canvas
BLUE SQUARE OVER ORNAMENTAL / TECHNOID / INSECTOID
1992
Pigments and acrylic on canvas
35.5" x 35.5", 90 x 90 cm

G. B.; Ludwigsburg
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic on canvas
RANDOMNESS VS. PSEUDO ORNAMENTALISM
1992
Acrylic on canvas
35.5" x 35.5", 90 x 90 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigments and acrylic on canvas
JANUS HEAD
1989
Pigments and acrylic on canvas
Two panels, each 35.5" x 35.5", 90 x 90 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Pigments and acrylic on canvas
ORNAMENTAL FACE WITH TWO ORNAMENTAL FACES
1989
Pigments and acrylic on canvas
48" x 72", 122 x 182 cm

Facial interpretation is such a guessing game.

See also Egon's face
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic on canvas
CHANCE | ANALOG | DIGITAL
1989
Acrylic on canvas
48" x 72", 122 x 182 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Insects, acrylic and pigment on canvas
MARLBORO | INSECTS | ORNAMENT
1989
Insects, acrylic and pigment on canvas
79" 105" x 199 cm x 265 cm

P. G.; Milano
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic and pigment on canvas
LARGE ORNAMENTAL FRIEZE
1989, Schokoladenfabrik, Heidelberg
Acrylic and pigment on canvas
36 panels, each 36" x 48", 92 x 122 cm

Total length of frieze: 1,728" (144 ft), 4,392 cm (44 m). This 36-panel work should ideally be hung in one long row, as is true of a frieze.
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic and pigment on canvas
LARGE ORNAMENTAL FRIEZE (Detail)
1989
Acrylic and pigment on canvas
16 panels, each 36" x 48", 92 x 122 cm

16 panels out of the full 36 panels from "LARGE ORNAMENTAL FRIEZE."
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic and pigment on canvas
LARGE ORNAMENTAL FRIEZE (detail)
1989
Acrylic and pigment on canvas
16 panels, each 36" x 48", 92 x 122 cm

16 panels out of the 36, displayed horizontally.
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic and pigment on canvas
GOLDEN ORNAMENT ON YVES KLEIN BLUE
1989
Acrylic and pigment on canvas
36" x 48", 92 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic and pigment on canvas
HAPPY ORNAMENTS
1989
Acrylic and pigment on canvas
36" x 48", 92 x 122 cm

P. G.; Milano
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic on cardboard
WORD SYMBOL ORNAMENT
1988
Acrylic on cardboard
Various sizes

Arrangement variable
EGON ZIPPEL Ornamental / Technoid / Insectoid Acrylic on wood
COME
1988
Acrylic on wood
14.5" x 66", 37 x 166 cm

D. & M. R.; Heidelberg
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