Opening Reception: December 07, 2011 from 7:00-9:00pm
Enter Jonathan Trayte’s seductive natural world where voluptuous supine forms are highly glossed, vegetables are creamed and cheese stripe-plated. Concerned with still life, organic forms and the mimicry of domestic ornaments, Jonathan’s vivid exhibition of meticulously painted bronze sculptures and aluminium paintings – his first in Hong Kong – elicit an intriguing marriage between natural forms and cultural mutation, and are bound to stir the feelings of hunger, lust and desire.
In his latest “Nude” show, the synthetic skins of Jonathan’s still life gets another workout, exuding a whole new air of ambiguous beauty. Poping with ever more acid intensity and tongue-in-cheek brashness, they are born from the feelings and reactions conjured up from a repertoire of classic figure paintings by old contemporary masters.
“What I envisaged was a body of work that represented a variety of figures picnicking in an imagined French alpine woodland. Some of them are couples, and others are singular figures. All of the titles are based on painting titles from the likes of Picasso, Dali and Miro etc., referencing painting specifically.”