Expressionist Aesthetics: Art by Trevor Pye
Still Life With Small Mountain, acrylic and graphite on Arches paper
Trevor Pye is an artist who works in mixed media, building images that draw on cubist and expressionist aesthetics while maintaining a contemporary atmosphere. The artist is currently based in New Zealand, where he works with acrylic, graphite, and other traditional art materials.
Still Life With Modernist Leanings 1, acrylic and graphite on paper
I really enjoy the overall colour scheme that Trevor uses in his works. There’s something very warm and inviting about this palette, with its wealth of soft neutrals, reds and oranges. The artist also tends toward lush, deep greens, rendered grassy hills and still-life floral arrangements with equal care.
The style that Trevor uses in his works creates a kind of layered, jumbled effect for the images -- objects are often rendered in contoured lines that intersect and overlap with one another. Colours fill certain shapes and planes but rarely block out an entire object, drawing the eye as much through a scene as around it. The artist’s use of mixed media lends each work a slightly sketched and gestural aesthetic that further enforces that warm atmosphere.
Dwelling in Landscape With Ambiguous Elements, acrylic on canvas