Philip Trusttum

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1940

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  • 2001
  • Acrylic on unstretched canvas
  • Purchased, 2001
  • 2440 x 2060mm
  • 2001/09

This graphic interplay of form, movement and colour shows Philip Trusttum’s characteristically energetic view of art and life. He celebrates creative energy and the process of painting.

Trusttum’s main interest is with the physical and emotional qualities of paint as a medium. The influence of the Lithuanian expressionist artist Rudolph Gopas (1917 – 83), who taught Trusttum at art school, continues to be evident in the bold geometric shapes and movement that dominate the composition in this largely abstract design.

Born in Raetihi, Trusttum studied at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts. He has represented New Zealand on a number of occasions, most notably in 1982 at the Sydney Biennale; in 1984 in a solo show at the Kornblee Gallery, New York; and in 1985 in the group exhibition ‘NZNY’, New York. Trusttum has completed numerous public art commissions including Passport to the New Millennium, a Year 2000 tapestry design. In 2000 he was awarded the prestigious Krasner/Pollock Scholarship. Trusttum lives in Christchurch.

Exhibition History