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Studio Tour – Jack Trolove

Friday 27 April, 10am - 12pm


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Please join us to meet Jack Trolove in his working studio at the former officers’ mess at the old Shelly Bay air force base, as he prepares for an upcoming exhibition at the Whitespace Gallery in Auckland.

Jack’s painting practice explores relationships between embodiment and liminal spaces; the poetics of transitions, intergenerational memory, and other states of in-between-ness.

Thick skins of paint mimic human skin, which becomes celebrated and disrupted. Seen in the flesh, large-scale works initially appear abstract, which creates a choreography for viewers  – walking backward to watch bodies emerge with distance – and then closing in to experience the dissolving and abstracting.

Since gaining an MFA with distinction from Massey University, Jack has been a finalist in the 2016 and 2017 Wallace Art Awards, winner of the People’s Choice Award, and twice short-listed for London’s BP Portrait Award. Jack’s work is recognised internationally in public and private collections across New Zealand, Australia and Europe. He’s represented in New Zealand by Whitespace Gallery.

“I’m exploring the body’s skin as a seal for holding stories, using thick skins of paint to create human skins that slip. Skins that are broken, resealed, and sometimes left open in a figurative and abstracting painting process.” he says.

N.B: This is a very busy studio complete with wet paint-splattered floor tarps. Gently used slippers will be provided, but if you prefer your own footwear, old slippers or jandals are recommended, since they may get damaged by paint.

Feature image: Detail from: In the studio working on ‘Flare’ (left) and ‘The Weight of Water’ (right), image used courtesy of Jack Trolove


Member $15, Non-member $20 (or bring a friend at the members price). Refreshments at own expense

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