Jonathan Trayte’s approach to making sculpture and installation is informed by our global language of consumption and the manipulation of consumer decision-making.
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 surface, material, light, and colour. The work is a coming together of natural forms and saccharine colours. Glossy synthetic skins of paint give the work a colourful pop status, a chameleon appearance, and an almost edible quality.
His work has been included in numerous international exhibitions including:
Objects of Desire: Surrealism & Design, Design Museum, London (2022); You Met Me at a Very Strange Time in My Life, L21 LAB, Mallorca (2022); Nilufar X MODES, Modes, Paris (2022); Roaring Twenties, Museum Kranenburgh, Netherlands (2022); MelonMelonTangerine, Friedman Benda, New York (2021); Psychotropics, The New Art Centre, Wiltshire, UK (2020); The Spectacle, Sculpture in the City, London (2019); Salone del Mobile, Nilufar, Milan (2019); Dream Works, Kate MacGarry, London (2018); The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018); Tropicana, Christies, London (2017), Milk, Christies, London (2016), Polyculture, The Tetley, Leeds, UK (2016) and The Shoppers Guide, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2015). Recently, Trayte was selected by Sculpture in the City to create a large-scale site-specific installation entitled The Spectacle (2019) in London.
He lives and works in Margate, Kent.