Philip Trusttum

These figures are totally contemporary; part real, part war game and part galactic gladiator.

  • Opening Date: Tuesday, 10 November 2015
  • Closing Date: Sunday, 29 November 2015
  • Opening Time: Tues to Fri 11-5pm, Sat 11-4pm

Philip Trusttum's new exhibition of paintings present a mix and match of uniforms and bodies breaking down any sense of identity and avoiding any actual specific representation.

They become  Trusttum's generic expression of 'any aggressor' or 'any defender'.  Uniform merges with flesh, body merges with body and weapons abound. These figures are totally contemporary; part real, part war game and part galactic gladiator. They have the strident 'in your face' directness associated with Pop art: a hint of Trusttum's playfulness remains, but once you connect with the eyes it quickly dawns on you that the game is up and this is a deadly business. For most of his heads Trusttum took Piccasso's lead and turned to African art; to masks with large, staring eyes coming out of the dark with the sole intent of intimidation - dramatically reinforced by rows of bared white teeth. Trusttum has built a formidable band of warriors, eyes flashing, armed to the teeth, all sufficent to send shivers down any unsuspecting viewers spine.  Those who stand their ground will be rewarded with a vibrant, visual feast.

This series of paintings are amongst the most important paintings made by Trusttum over his extensive career, they are powerful visual laments, factual in content, inspired in observation, spiritual in reflection and masterful in creation.

Edited essay excerpt by Bill Milbank

 

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