May 4th– May 27th, 2022
First Friday Reception May 6th, 2022 6:00-8:00 pm.
Reflecting aspects of his experience living between the US and Japan, Chris Troutman creates large scale drawings which may give viewers insight to the experience of living in a globalized world. The exhibition includes work from a slowly evolving series that Troutman has been working on since 2008.
“In my studio research, I draw the human figure from dynamic perspectives in contemporary urban settings in order to investigate the capacity of pictorial form to intensify aspects of our daily visual experiences and reveal the value of daily life as a topic for exploration in drawing. Much content of my work is inspired by graphic novels; implemented by dividing drawings into multiple sections and/or panels. In addition to storytelling, I use multipart drawings to juxtapose aspects of the various places I have lived in over roughly the past decade, primarily in the United State’s Midwest, and Southeast Texas for the past 7 years, and southern Japan, where my family and I return to annually.”
Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Christopher Troutman has lived in
Beaumont, Texas since 2013, where he teaches all levels of drawing at Lamar University. In his
work, Troutman uses drawing to define the form and space of figures and environments, as well as examine storytelling inspired by personal narrative. In 2003 Troutman received a BFA from Bradley University then moved to Japan, where he and his wife opened a conversational English school in Kagoshima City. While living in southern Japan, in 2005 he was the first foreign resident of Kagoshima to be awarded the Grand Prize at the 52nd Kagoshima Prefectural Art Exhibition. After completing an MFA in drawing and painting at California State University, Long Beach in 2008, Troutman taught in at Eastern Kentucky University, Vincennes University and Eastern Illinois University. He has had solo exhibitions in Japan and at several locations throughout the US. In 2014, Troutman was awarded the Grand Prize (Paris Prize) at the 66th Miyanichi Sougou Art Exhibition in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. He and his family return to Japan annually.
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