Tristan Piggot

Tristan Pigott

Tristan Pigott (b. 1990) undertook foundation studies at Wimbledon College of Art and a BA (Hons) in Painting at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. His work has been seen in several group exhibitions mainly in London, UK. His paintings convey how human ego is translated into image, by juxtaposing realistic painted figures before a surreal backdrop. The narcissism typically associated with portraiture is given a satirical undertone. His paintings playfully mock the importance we place on image and perception. The abstract composition of the work displays the difference between performance and reality. Alternatively, he illustrates details such as clothes and hair with realism to emphasise the importance his sitter, as well as the viewer, place in their own image. The figurative style of his painting allows him to convey conceptual narratives with immediacy relevant to the viewer. In a recent painting, ‘Waiting Room’, the same man is pictured twice in different styles, the application of paint becoming looser as the painting recedes. The man holding a cygnet is painted in a realistic style, whilst the more abstractly painted figure holds an iPhone. These motifs, as symbols of value and culture in successive eras, accompany the developing brushwork to question the relevance of tradition in contemporary society and within the evolution of oil painting. The suggestion of action plays an important role in his paintings. It provokes the viewer’s interpretation, as opposed to simple objectification, of the subject within their surroundings. Allowing him to develop his interest in the cyclical nature of everyday life, a reoccurring theme in his work. Every day actions such as eating and drinking mirror similarly habitual and automated psychological traits such as arrogance and anxiety. These themes are portrayed using personal sources, playing on people’s characteristics, putting them in surreal narratives and showing the theatricality of the situation.

This is sample of his work
All images © Tristan Piggot

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