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Trevor Burgess

Date: April 29, 2015 Category:

Most of Trevor’s work is about the ordinary business of living. Trevor is interested in a painting that explores relationships, people, contemporary urban spaces. He was awarded the Discerning Eye Regional Painting Prize in 2011.

Trevor’s work developed over a period of time when he was exploring the use of a less literally descriptive, painterly, figurative language in a series of paintings on the theme of the family, which culminated in some large works done on the MA Fine Art course in Barcelona in 1997/8. After this Trevor moved to London, and felt the need for a more concrete subject and specificity for his work. He turned to the immediate urban environment, and began using his own photographs as source material, whilst maintaining the characteristic painterly approach to the medium. Trevor does not attempt to replicate the conventions of photography. In all representational art there is a gap between what is depicted and how it’s depicted. The peculiar pleasures of painting, for him, are all about this gap.

He often uses a glossy liquid paint which brings out the flashes of bright colour that animate urban space. The fluidity, coarseness and texture of the paint contribute to a sense of the thickening of the air in the urban atmosphere, the ambiguity and the discontinuity of visual experience.

In 2014, Trevor curated an exhibition, “In The City”, at Lion and Lamb Gallery, London, which explored several of the themes running through his work. The exhibition brought together nine artists whose paintings reflect their experience of living in cities on four continents. The exhibition is touring to the Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts in 2017.

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