Philip Trusttum

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1940


  • Presented by the artist, 2009
  • Acrylic on unstretched canvas
  • 3010 x 16690mm
  • 2011/259.a-xx
  • 2007

In 2009, renowned Christchurch painter Philip Trusttum surprised us with an exceptionally generous offer: a gift of twenty paintings, selected by the Gallery and with no limitation on scale or value. The first ten works entered the collection the following year, and rumbling in amongst them was Depot, this colossal gas-guzzler of a painting that hums with Trusttum’s trademark physical energy. The audacious scale belies the work’s diminutive origins; the artist found his inspiration in the toy trucks his young grandson William played with in his studio.