Guthrie uses Polaroid’s and found images to create large monochrome charcoal drawings. He works on massive sheets of paper to render scenes of modern life. His drawings morph proportion so as to play with the viewer’s eye and often one must walk around his work to find the proper perspective.
The McCaig Welles Gallery is pleased to represent an exhibition of work by Trevor Guthrie. The opening reception will be Saturday December 2nd, 2006 from 7-10 pm.
Trevor Guthrie uses Polaroid’s and found images to create large monochrome charcoal drawings. A figurative artist, he works on massive sheets of paper to render scenes of modern life. His drawings morph proportion so as to play with the viewer’s eye and often one must walk around his work to find the proper perspective. Black humor, art historical references, and political commentary can all be found in his work. Guthrie often critiques the media presentation of world events, operating under the axiom that those who don’t learn history are doomed to repeat it.
The title of the show is a quote from the poet Arthur Rimbaud that translates from German to “Where the Stars are Sleeping." It is a reference to the sublime, ethereal quality of his art. Guthrie credits Francis Bacon as a major influence as well as Velasquez and Caravaggio. Described as a contemporary Edward Hopper, Guthrie persisted in representing the figure when it was not popular to do so.
Trevor Guthrie was born in Fife, Scotland and grew up with three siblings. He was raised in Canada where his family immigrated when he was one. He attended the Victoria College of Art and Design and now lives in Zurich Switzerland with his wife and young son. He regularly exhibits in Zurich, Basel, and Berlin.
McCaig-Welles Gallery opened March 3, 2001 at Havemeyer and S. 2nd Street, and moved to its current Williamsburg location at 129 Roebling Street in September of 2003. It is an artist-run gallery emphasizing urban and street art, showing mid-career and well known artists including NYC Lase, Shepard Fairey, Futura, The Tats Cru, Seen, Quik, Ewok, Dalek, Doze, and Martha Cooper. McCaig-Welles is a member of The Williamsburg Gallery Association and was cited for "Best Graffiti Art" in "The Best of Manhattan" issue of The New York Press. Recent reviews and articles have been featured in The New York Press, AM NY, The Village Voice, The Wooster Collective, The Columbia Spectator, Paper Magazine and others.
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2006 7-10 pm
129 Roebling Street, Brooklyn - New York