Jonathan Trayte

The work that I tend to make comes together all at once, like a cast of characters. There’s always some weird older brother, the ‘black sheep,’ that doesn’t quite fit. ”

Drawing inspiration from the surreal aspects of seemingly-mundane objects in our daily life, Jonathan Trayte’s approach is largely informed by our global language of consumption and the manipulation of consumer decision-making.

Trayte was born in 1980 in Huddersfield, UK. Coming from a background in fine art sculpture, Trayte received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from University of the Creative Arts Canterbury in 2004 and a Masters of Fine Arts from Royal Academy Schools in 2010. Trayte combines his broad experiences in other fields—including as a chef and foundry metal worker—with his keen eye for finding the obscure aspects of daily life that would typically go unnoticed. “The work that I tend to make comes together all at once, like a cast of characters,” says Trayte. “There’s always some weird older brother, the ‘black sheep,’ that doesn’t quite fit.”

Using a wide range of materials, methods and processes, his work explores the psychology of desire through surface, material, light and color. In thinking of food as a basic material, he uses castings and facsimiles to examine the many ways in which we perceive and utilize our resources.

His work has been included in numerous international exhibitions including Psychotropics, The New Art Centre, Wiltshire, UK (2020); The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018); Tropicana, Christies, London (2017), Milk, Christies, London (2016), Polyculture, The Tetley, Leeds, UK (2016); Experiments in Consuming, The Kings School, Canterbury, 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.

Trayte lives and works in London.

 

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Atomic Double, 2020

Bronze, stainless steel, brass, aluminum, reinforced plastics, crushed and blown glass, marble, light fittings, upholstery
109 x 90.5 x 43.25 inches
277 x 230 x 110 cm

Kula Sour, 2020

Powder-coated steel, stainless steel, birch plywood, reinforced plastics, crushed glass, black American walnut, marble, polished bronze, cow hide, wool, upholstery, light fitting
79.5 x 57.5 x 55 inches
202 x 146 x 140 cm

Bolobo Lamp, 2020

Painted and polished bronze, stainless steel, patinated mild steel, cow hide, horse hair, light fittingsl
43.25 x 30 x 8.5 inches
110 x 76 x 22 cm

Grass Green settee, 2020

Powder-coated steel, stainless steel, bronze, marble, polymer compound, pigments, reinforced plastics, crushed glass, animal hide, upholstery, light-fitting
78.75 x 67 x 39.25 inches
200 x 170 x 100 cm

American Apple, 2020

Stainless steel, painted bronze, foam, polymer compound, pigments, nylon flock, horse hair, crushed glass, reinforced plastics, neon
35.5 x 39.25 x 7 inches
90 x 100 x 18 cm

Lemon Bug, 2020

Reinforced plastics, pigments, stainless steel, polished brass, leather wool, upholstery, light fitting, cardboard, plywood
50.5 x 41 x 38.25 inches
128 x 104 x 97 cm

Orange Foam, Cola Moon (1), 2020

Stainless steel, foam, polymer compound, pigments, nylon flock, crushed glass, reinforced plastics, horse hair, lightfittings
102.25 x 65.25 x 15.75 inches
260 x 166 x 40 cm

Desert Riser, 2019

Painted bronze, stainless steel, foam, polymer compound, pigments, crushed marble, sand, flock, neon, light fitting
39.5 x 14.25 x 14.25 inches
100 x 36 x 36 cm

Black Dakota, 2019

Stainless steel, bronze, brass, polymer compound, reinforced plastics, pigments, crushed and blown glass, light fittings
79 x 39 x 18 inches
201 x 99 x 46 cm

Lunar Green, 2019

Painted bronze, stainless steel
7.25 x 15.25 x 10.25 inches
18.5 x 39 x 26 cm

Tropic Giant, 2019

Painted bronze
3.5 x 7.5 x 4 inches
9 x 19 x 10 cm
Stamped on underside: TRAYTE

Citron and Leaves, 2019

Painted and silver plated bronze
4.75 x 9 x 4 inches
12.1 x 22.9 x 10.2 cm
Stamped on underside: TRAYTE

Zonker, 2019

Painted bronze, stainless steel, foam, polymer compound, pigments, flock
9.5 x 27.5 x 4.75 inches
24 x 70 x 12 cm

Bikini, 2019

Painted and polished bronze, stainless steel, calf skin
10.5 x 10.25 x 6.25 inches
26.5 x 26 x 16 cm

Cola Kurri, 2018

Powder-coated steel, stainless steel, bronze, polymer plaster, pigments, crushed marble, animal hide, leather, beech, rosewood, light fitting
48 x 40.5 x 42 inches
122 x 103 x 107 cm

Nude, 2018

Painted bronze
8.25 x 20.5 x 8 inches
21 x 52 x 20 cm

Kula Sour, 2020

Powder-coated steel, stainless steel, birch plywood, reinforced plastics, crushed glass, black American walnut, marble, polished bronze, cow hide, wool, upholstery, light fitting
79.5 x 57.5 x 55 inches
202 x 146 x 140 cm


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Grass Green settee, 2020

Powder-coated steel, stainless steel, bronze, marble, polymer compound, pigments, reinforced plastics, crushed glass, animal hide, upholstery, light-fitting
78.75 x 67 x 39.25 inches
200 x 170 x 100 cm


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Lemon Bug, 2020

Reinforced plastics, pigments, stainless steel, polished brass, leather wool, upholstery, light fitting, cardboard, plywood
50.5 x 41 x 38.25 inches
128 x 104 x 97 cm


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Cola Kurri, 2018

Powder-coated steel, stainless steel, bronze, polymer plaster, pigments, crushed marble, animal hide, leather, beech, rosewood, light fitting
48 x 40.5 x 42 inches
122 x 103 x 107 cm


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