Jack Trolove

Jack’s work is an exploration of ‘productive tensions’ between embodiment and liminality. Through the use of paint, there is an attempt to mimic or remember the processes that occur during the shifting states we experience throughout our lives. Drawing on the emotion of grief for example and the liminal state that is accompanied, we find ourselves destabilised, waiting not knowing, caught between the previous way of structuring identity and time. This physical and emotional break down is reflected through his manipulation of oil paint that, sometimes five centimetres thick, slumps off the canvas like loose skin. Through this abstraction however, a new form is pulled back together. Creating figurative works that serve as a second skin to feel through. Jack sees this as the work or relational offer in his paintings.

Jack has been a practicing artist for over twenty years, showing in spaces across Aotearoa, Australia and Europe. He has an MFA from Massey University and is currently pursuing his doctorate at Elam School of Fine Arts. He has been awarded an international artist residency by the Scottish Arts Council and has undertaken other residencies in France and Spain. He’s been an award winner and finalist in the Wallace Art Awards on multiple occasions. His last solo show ‘Tenderise’ was the subject of a feature review in Art New Zealand. Reviewer Michael Dunn wrote, “Tenderise proves to be, on reflection, a show of considerable depth and relevance. In it Trolove has evolved as a painter of substance as well as a virtuoso manipulator of paint.” Jack’s work can be found in public and private collections both here and overseas.



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The Big Idea
Finding Trolove
By Dina Jezdic. Read here.

The Spinoff
Along the mangroves: The in-between space of Jack Trolove’s paintings 
By Tulia Thompson. Read here.

Art New Zealand
Number 171 / Spring 2019
Be Kind Jack Trolove's Tenderise 
By Michael Dunn. Read here.

A film by Mumu Moore


12 Questions with Jack Trolove
NZ Herald. Read here.

Sunday Morning Interview, RNZ
Listen here.

Habitus Living Feature
Read online here.

Huffington Post 
Read online here.

Read T.J McNamara's NZ Herald review
of Medicinal Skins online here.