Jonathan Trayte

Jonathan Trayte

Silent Auction Lot

Jonathan Trayte, a London-based artist and recent graduate of the Royal Academy Schools, has been commissioned by an Art Patron to create a series of works that will be available for purchase at the She Inspires Art event on 16th September.

With the generous support of the Royal College of Art, these 12 unique bronze sculptures have been sandcast from a wide range of international produce coming through London’s major food hubs. Assembled and painted in Trayte’s unique way, these pieces are inspired both by the work of WfWI and also his childhood and travels on the African continent.

Jonathan Trayte (b. 1980, UK)


Image courtesy of Jonathan Trayte

In thinking of food as a basic material, Trayte uses castings and facsimiles to examine the many ways in which we perceive and utilize our resources. His work is primarily concerned with the mimicry of foodstuffs and associated equipment. From the ruthless efficiencies of modern agri-business to the chill chains and hypermarkets of our distribution networks, his work explores cultivation and consumption. 


Image courtesy of Jonathan Trayte

His approach to making paintings and sculptures is largely informed by the language of colour used in food display and packaging. Once cut in aluminium or cast in bronze, these pieces are coated in meticulously painted layers. Highly stylised colours are borrowed from the language of foodstuffs and confectionary. These glossy, synthetic ‘skins’ of paint give the work a colourful pop status, a chameleon appearance and an almost edible quality. The work is a coming together of natural form and saccharine colour that generates a provocative and sometimes awkward physical presence. 


Image courtesy of Jonathan Trayte

Trayte incorporates materials such as concrete, steel, cast iron and aluminium, ceramics, printed wallpapers, fabrics, resins, PU foams and pigmented rubbers in order to broaden this research. Recently he has been focusing specifically on the science of colour and how it is used in industry as a means of affecting consumer decision-making. Influences such as billboard motifs, point of sale merchandising and product advertising provide him with material for reinterpreting our global language of consumption. By also incorporating diverse subjects such as the interbreeding of seeds for competition vegetables and industrialised processes like aquaculture or agro-plantations, Trayte is engaging in a discourse that explores our innovative abilities to manage and manipulate the natural world.


Image courtesy of Jonathan Trayte

Earlier this year Trayte installed The Shoppers Guide for Converse X Dazed Emerging Artist Award, Royal Academy of Arts, London. His recent solo exhibitions include Pazar Marcelle Joseph Projects/Istanbul Art Projects, Istanbul, Turkey (2014); Nude IA Gallery, Hong Kong (2011); In the Presence of Nature Canterbury Cathedral, UK (2011) and Under a Pine Tree Simon Oldfield Gallery, London (2010). Group exhibitions and art fairs include Sculpture Al Fresco III at Great Fosters, Ascot, UK (2013); Dependent New York, James Fuentes Gallery (2012); Bryn Lloyd-Evans, John Nielsen, Jonathan Trayte Josh Lilley Gallery, London (2012); NADA Miami, Josh Lilley Gallery (2012); Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2011 and 2009); Restrike Poppy Sebire Gallery, London (2011); Franks-Suss Collection, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010); and the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. In 2013, Trayte was shortlisted for the Stanley Picker Fellowship, and was awarded the Land Securities Award in 2011, the Dunoyer de Segonzac Prize and Ceilia Walker Foundation prize in 2010 and the Landseer Prize in 2009. 

www.jonathantrayte.com

To view the She Inspires Art Jonathan Trayte silent auction pack, please click here.

You can view and bid on the sculptures on Artsy until 15 September. 

Please contact Nicola Casey on ncasey@womenforwomen.org for further details.

Behind the scenes pictures of Jonathan Trayte’s work in progress


Work in progress from Jonathan Trayte's studio. Image courtesy of Jonathan Trayte


Work in progress from Jonathan Trayte's studio. Image courtesy of Jonathan Trayte


Work in progress from Jonathan Trayte's studio. Image courtesy of Jonathan Trayte


Work in progress from Jonathan Trayte's studio. Image courtesy of Jonathan Trayte

All images courtesy of Jonathan Trayte