Philip Trusttum has continued to produce paintings that challenge, stimulate and delight the public. This exhibition looks, in the main, at the work produced over this last decade and concentrates its focus on the increasing vigour of work from the last two years.
Trusttum’s works are optimistic - the upturned face gives hope, the sense that all of the effort is worth it, that the strength in the legs and boots will prevail. This is generally reinforced by the titles like Gate, Glimpse, Green Fingers and Eating. They express the sense of achievement and the effort being worthwhile and totally rewarding.
It is that optimism which makes all of Philip Trusttum’s paintings the major and enriching force in New Zealand art today and as they have so consistently been for the last 30 years.
→ Exhibition reflects pleasure of life, Howick & Pakuranga Times, 17-08-1992
→ Gallery first with show, 1992