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American Wastelands: Art by Marc Trujillo

A painting of a Costco interiorUntitled


Los Angeles artist Marc Trujillo paints portraits of American wastelands. Trujillo’s delicately rendered images of wholesale stores, fast-food restaurants, and gas stations are somehow stately, yet desolate.

A painting of a strip of road with fast food restaurantsUntitled

Trujillo’s paintings are quite impressive in the level of detail that the artist is able to capture. The paintings of Costco interiors in the artist’s North American Purgatory series are especially intriguing – the grey, expansive landscape of the aisles becomes somehow far more interesting when rendered in paint, and Trujillo’s attention to details as small as the font on price markers adds a sort of terrifying level of realism.


Also quite lovely are Trujillo’s nighttime exterior paintings – these views of gas stations in deserted areas remind me of the works of Andrew Valko or Trevor Young, both of whom specialize in paintings imbued with a deep sense of desolation. This emotion or lack thereof is something that Trujillo expertly captures as well, despite the proliferation of human figures within the works.

A painting of a mundane scene inside an airportUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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