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Jack Trolove: Mangrove

14 Jun 2020 to 10 Jul 2020
Sunday 14 June to Friday 10 July
Jack's tactile, almost sculptural use of paint allows for a layered and pixilated image to be built up within the strong colours and impasto strokes.
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition
Whitespace Contemporary Art
20 Monmouth St Grey Lynn Auckland


I love the word Liminal. It comes from a Latin word meaning ‘threshold’. Bjørn Thomassen describes it beautifully: Liminality “opens the door to a world of contingency where events and meanings — indeed ‘reality itself’ — can be moulded and carried in different directions”.

Uncovering names for the silty, brackish paintings I’ve made, I’m surprised to realise this show has grown from the mangroves where I live. More muted colours have found their way up to the paintings’ surface through the rich Kaipara mud. These new scrambling marks are pneumatophores: ‘specialised root-like structures that stick up out of the soil like straws for breathing’. The paintings are made of marks looking for oxygen.


In 2008, Jack was awarded an MFA with Distinction from Auckland's Massey University. Jack was shortlisted for London's BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 2015, and was the winner of the People's Choice Award in the 2016 and 2017 Wallace Art Awards. His work can be found in public and private collections across New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.

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Whitespace Contemporary Art

8 Jun 2020

Directors: Deborah White & Kenneth Johnson