TRENT WHITEHEAD

2.8.16

NEW SLANG

 

Group Exhibition

2.8.16

BEYOND THE TRAIL

 

Solo Exhibition presented by Chalk horse Gallery

BEYOND THE TRAIL

 

 

August 11th - September 3rd

 

I think of Trent Whitehead’s paintings and sculptures in this show as totems. There is definitely image magic in them and they appear more like effigies than art. They have the intensity of outsider art with rhythmic obsessive marks and strange morphing characteristics.

 

The sculptures particularly — part vase, part mask — feel like votive artefacts of a church, but not a church of organised religion. This is the new spirituality uncoupled from social construction and centred more on a direct relationship between you and your own mystical feelings.

 

The portraits and sculptures in this show become a friend or fellow traveller. They are like slightly skewwhiff clowns that no doubt whisper truths into your ear or on a bad day perhaps needle your anxieties.

 

There is great beauty here that seems to add to the fetishistic power of the works. The colours are primarily subdued with bright coloured accents activating the images. The gouache and acrylic too is dry and tactile, eliciting touch. These are works that want to be cuddled or at least cared for. As if in this very cold winter of Sydney we should wrap blankets around them to keep them warm.

 

You could of course kill all this voodoo-like power and link them to a long line of naïve or art brut painters and sculptors, to outsider art and the way that modernist art mined various forms of strange and outré work (from children to the mad). But under the particular psychic pressure of the contemporary world you will forgive me for seeing more than the aesthetic tradition wants to offer.

These works instead promise more than art. They are your friend and perhaps even protector. At the very least they are the perfect house god for urban tribes.

 

"Oliver Watts"

 

 

 

CHALK HORSE

LOWER GROUND 171 WILLIAM STREET,

DARLINGHURST SYDNEY NSW 2O1O

AUSTRALIA PHONE +612 938O 8413

WWW.CHALKHORSE.COM.AU

 

 

 

INSTALLATION SHOTS FROM ' BEYOND THE TRAIL'

 

Photo credit

Docqment

and

Chris McConville

29.9.14

INSTALLATION SHOTS FROM ' IF NOT NOW, WHEN?'

 

Photo credit - Sylve Colless

24.9.14

MONSTER CHILDREN INTERVIEW

 

By Matt Rabbidge Click here for link

24.9.14

IF NOT NOW WHEN

 

Presented by Mild-Manners

If Not Now, When?

New painting and sculptural works by Trent Whitehead.

 

September 25 - October 12th.

 

M.M.P.G

Level 1, 499 Crown St

Surry Hills (above Title Store)

 

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Trent Whitehead was born and raised in a small coastal surf community just north of Sydney, Australia in 1980.

 

Whitehead's works are based on series of imaginary creatures, often warped adaptions of people, plants and animals he encounters in everyday life. The intensity of these works capture the effervescence of the artist himself, pooling both experiences of his existence and abilities of his imagination to breathe life and kaleidoscopic colour into his painting and sculptural pieces.

 

With a background in graphic design and animation and no formal arts practice, his meticulously detailed character works have still opened doors with exhibitions in Sydney at Monster Children Gallery and Boutwell Draper Gallery as well as Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York.

 

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For more information please email info@mild-manners.com

 

 

11.12.13

HOUSEWARMING - GROUP SHOW

20.9.13

CARAVAN - GROUP SHOW

8.4.15

THE REST IS IN YOU

 

Presented by RVCA Corner Gallery and Mild-manners

THE REST IS IN YOU

New painting by Trent Whitehead

 

 

April 10th - April 30th

 

Following on from his hugely popular Sydney exhibition 'If Not Now, When?' in Sydney last year, Whitehead has been back in the studio to produce of larger paintings for his debut Melbourne solo exhibition.

 

Whitehead's works are based on series of imaginary creatures, often warped interpretations of people, plants and animals he encounters in everyday life. The intensity of these works capture the effervescence of the artist himself, pooling both experiences of his existence and abilities of his imagination to breathe life and kaleidoscopic colour into his painting and sculptural pieces.

 

With a background in graphic design and no formal arts practice, his meticulously detailed characters works have still opened doors with exhibitions in Sydney at Monster Children Gallery and Boutwell Draper Gallery.

 

RVCA CORNER GALLERY

82 Stanley St

Collingwood

Victoria, Australia.