Philip Trusttum

Philip is a prolific and biographical painter, this new body of work looks at the changing face of his city, everywhere directed by notices, detour notices, stop/go notices, exits via stairways, no exits, entrances, carparks, ramps and on it goes.

  • Opening Date: Tuesday, 15 August 2017
  • Closing Date: Sunday, 3 September 2017
  • Opening Time: Tue-Fri 11-5pm, Sat 11-4pm

"Christchurch, as we knew it, was utterly changed by the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Our house was immediately demolished. Most of the central city followed suit, with rebuilding increasing as time, money and permits permit. Navigating the central city streets around us has become an exercise in watchful obedience. Ranks, battalions of yellow cones delineating the lanes change weekly, even daily, many street corners are unrecognisable so even long term residents can only guess which way to go."

Impossible to categorise because of his immense creativity, Philip's paintings and collage works have been referred to as neo-expressionist and abstract.He experiments with and refines ideas and techniques to suit his own artistic temperament. Philip is a prolific and biographical painter, this new body of work looks at the changing face of his city, everywhere directed by notices, detour notices, stop/go notices, exits via stairways, no exits, entrances, carparks, ramps and on it goes.
His large works are uninhibited with paint brushed, daubed, or scraped onto the surfaces with expressive energy.

Impossible to categorise because of his immense creativity, Philip's paintings and collage works have been referred to as neo-expressionist and abstract.He experiments with and refines ideas and techniques to suit his own artistic temperament. Philip is a prolific and biographical painter, this new body of work looks at the changing face of his city, everywhere directed by notices, detour notices, stop/go notices, exits via stairways, no exits, entrances, carparks, ramps and on it goes. His large works are uninhibited with paint brushed, daubed, or scraped onto the surfaces with expressive energy.

Philip has represented New Zealand on many occasions. In 1984, he was invited to participate in ANZART at the Edinburgh Arts Festival. The same year he exhibited on New York's 57th Street at the Jill Kornblee Gallery. Philip has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, only the second New Zealander to receive the award. Philip Trusttum is represented in all major public and private collections throughout New Zealand.

 

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