Philip Trusttum Me - An exhibition at PGgallery192
Figurative expressionist Artist Philip Trusttum has recently been painting portraits of himself, working in his studio and making good use of a rear-view mirror detached from a Toyota Corolla, its elongated metal handle perfect for close-up and a myriad of perspectives of the artist’s face. Of the paintings he has completed to date he has selected nine large acrylic on canvas paintings for Me, his February exhibition at PGgallery192. Trusttum describes this new series as ‘based on an abstracted me with a pinny on.’ It is also a comment that unassuming, yet transformative and essential nature of the subjects of his painting over six decades. These self-portraits may be the artist at 83 reflecting on the reality of the human body and mind, yet he qualifies where our attention may be focused in Me, and reminds us that ‘in my work, the paint comes first’.
Philip Trusttum Me at PGgallery192
192 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch
13 February - 2 March