Trophy Shop brings together the work of four painters dealing with intuition and subjective responses to paint as a medium. These paintings are made with no preconceived image in mind, but evolve as a critical response to the painter’s own marks. Indeed, it is an impossibility for thee painters to imagine what to paint, as any ideas are met with the resistance of the material in its actuality, the painter should feel used by their medium, rather than use it,and left with little choice as to how the painting appears whilst remaining attentive and critical. ideally the painting paints itself and exists as a kind of transcript of the painters mental process and dialogue with the medium.
These four Melbourne based painters completed their respective bachelors of Fine Art at RMIT University in 2012, where they participated in exhibitions and travelling scholarships. Since graduating, the group have undertaken various activities, projects and courses, from honours degrees at RMIT University in 2014, to artist residencies in Finland, and establishing the Trophy Shop studios in Preston, which also act as an exhibition space. They have exhibited regularly at and since art school, in solo and group shows, be they in Victoria or interstate.