“There’re a hundred ways to try and create a portrait, a thousand ways to fail at it.”

This current exhibition, an exhibition of painting and of bronze sculpture, by Richard Trumbull, seems a deliberate attempt to push against the edge of what we think of as portraiture.   His paintings of the human face, the human figure, move from roughly accurate  representation to abstracted impression. From “The Men of Cormac McCarthy” to a new look at “Les Mademoiselle d’Avignon”, Trumbull says,  ”I’m afraid my paintings show how restless I feel when I’m looking for something to say.”  His bronze, lost wax sculptures were worked out in his redesigned studio under the influence of the work of Giacometti.  ”For some reason, in the last couple of years, he kept popping up…and I stopped looking away.”  An angel figure looking heavenward, “Waiting for Instructions,” or the same figure skating, “Finally Frozen Over” or the forlorn marionette, “Marionnette Desolé”– all show a single interest in gesture.  Regarding his sculpture, Trumbull goes out of his way to credit Alfredo Maldonado and the craftsmen at Alfredo’s  Mexico City foundry who were instrumental in the casting and chasing of his pieces.

Richard Trumbull was born in Iowa, earned a PhD in clinical psychology and worked as a clinical psychologist many years in San Diego, California, raised a family with his wife Sylvia, and first came to San Miguel in 2000.  Towards the end of his clinical career he discovered painting during a long postponed trip to Paris, and found a teacher in Lela Harty in San Diego, ‘who taught me, for the first time in my life, how to see.”  His painting has been exhibited in dozens of settings from the San Diego Museum of Art to galleries in Puerto Vallarta, and in private collections from Los Angeles to New York, Orlando to Seattle, Mexico City to Paris.  His work in bronze is a new turn.

The current show is at Zoho Gallery, in the Fabrica La Aurora, and will be open the first two weeks of March.  Opening night coincides with March Art Walk at La Fabrica.”


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