Jason Trotter

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Jason Trotter, Eminence, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 37 x 37 x 2 inches (framed)

Jason Trotter’s work explores the relationship between color and form. Rendered in acrylics, they are
comprised of three canvases assembled and framed as one piece. He was drawn to the
multi-canvas approach because the interplay between panels enables simple shapes to
unite, resulting in non-representational compositions that are bold and visually
compelling. Trotter employs a hard-edge painting technique that produces sharp lines with
abrupt transitions between color areas. His rectilinear compositions are inspired by lines
and forms observed in daily life. The artist sketches in silence through a process that is both
meditative and hypotonic. He works toward a composition that feels balanced and exudes a
sense of spatial unity. Trotter’s most recent works take on a more architectural feel as the lines
shift from mostly angular to primarily horizontal and vertical. His colors are mostly custom
and are chosen intuitively. He works on a flat surface, first executing the process of taping off
the shapes then building up several layers of paint with a brush before applying the final
layer with palette knives and other tools for ample texture. Trotter’s work is intended to evoke
an instinctual reaction that uplifts and inspires.

Jason Trotter is an American artist known for his bold geometric abstracts rendered in
acrylics. The self-taught painter was drawn to minimal hard-edged abstraction through the
influence of Carmen Herrera, Ellsworth Kelly, Josef Albers, and Frank Stella. A graduate of
Northern Illinois University, Trotter currently resides in Los Angeles where he works from
his home studio.

In 2019, Trotter was featured in Forbes, Manhattan Magazine and included in the biannual New Canaan Holiday House Tour.

 

Education

1996
B.A. Communication Studies, Northern Illinois University
 

Solo Exhibitions

2019
Equilibrium, Voltz Clarke Gallery, New York, NY

2018
Linear Precision, Soho House, West Hollywood, CA

2018
Geometric Impact, Fred Segal, Los Angeles, CA
 

Group Exhibitions

2021
Resurgence, Voltz Clarke Gallery, New York, NY
KICKSTART, Voltz Clarke Gallery, New York, NY

2020
Art On Fire 2020, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN
Market Art & Design, The Hamptons, NY (online: 1stDibs)
Spectrum 2020 (30th Annual Juried Contemporary Art Show), Carriage Barn Art Center, New Canaan, CT

2019
SHOW Gallery’s Modernism Week Pop-Up, Palm Springs, CA
 

Press/Publications

2020
Forbes, “Dreaming Of A Creative Career? How to Make It A Reality” by Sara Bliss, January 7, 2020 (Online)

2019
Manhattan Magazine, December 2019 (Print)

2019
Angeleno Magazine, September 2019 (Print)

2018
The Hollywood Reporter, “LA Insider Explains Surprising Career Change” by Chris Gardner, September 7, 2018 (Online)

2018
WWD, “Fashion Publicist Turned Painter Shows At Ron Robinson” by Marcy Medina, August 31, 2018 (Online)

2018
C Magazine, “What’s Hot” by Lesley McKenzie, March 2018 (Print)