Jonathan Trayte’s approach to making sculpture and installation is informed by our global language of consumption and the manipulation of consumer decision-making. Using a wide range of materials, methods and processes, his work reinterprets modern consumer behaviour and explores the psychology of desire through cultures. Glossy synthetic skins of paint give the work a colourful pop status, a chameleon appearance and an almost edible quality. The work is a coming together of natural forms and saccharine colours that generate an awkward physical presence.
Trayte (b. 1980, Huddersfield) studied at the Royal Academy Schools 2010 and University of the Creative Arts Canterbury 2004. Exhibitions include Milk, Christies, London (2016), Polyculture, The Tetley, Leeds (2016); The Shoppers Guide, Converse X Dazed at Royal Academy of Arts, London (2015), Pazar, Istanbul Art Projects, Istanbul (2014); Under a Pine Tree, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London (2011); Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011 and 2009, Manchester/Sheffield/London. He was recipient of the Fashion Arts Foundation Commission 2016, the Time Out Istanbul Residency 2014 and Land Securities Studio Award 2011. Trayte has also been selected for Fibre in Colombia 2018. His work is held in important collections around the world.
—Courtesy of Whitechapel Gallery