OUE Gallery Hosts Exhibit Of Large-scale Drawings

“Meeting” by Christopher Troutman

ST. CLAIRSVILLE –An exhibit of drawings by Christopher Troutman will be on display at the Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery through March 29. The gallery will be closed March 12-16 for spring break.

Troutman, of Beaumont, Texas, will give a lecture on his work at 6:30 p.m. March 29. A public reception will take place that day at the gallery from 6-8 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

In his work, Troutman uses drawing to define the form and space of figures and environments, as well as examine storytelling inspired by personal narrative.

“My subjects are human figures in contemporary urban settings presented from unexpected vantage points in order to reveal the latent interest of everyday visual experiences,” said Troutman, who was born in Kansas City, Mo., and raised in Peoria, Ill. He teaches all levels of drawing at Lamar University in Texas.

“Influences on my work are artists that focused on composition and the relationship of the human figure and their surrounding urban space, which includes artists Edgar Degas, Edward Hopper and Robert Birmelin. Also, graphic novels and comic books have had a large influence on my work.”

His large-scale drawings are hung without frames or glass, “bringing the artwork into the audience’s immediate space and making the process each drawing has undergone directly visible,” Troutman said.

“The scale of the drawings, the figures within them, as well as composition and point of view, place the audience in unexpected, and sometimes overwhelming, spaces, enabling the resonant experiences from which the drawings are inspired achieve a similar resonance with viewers.”

Troutman received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., in 2003, then moved to Japan, where he and his wife opened a conversational English school in Kagoshima City. While living in southern Japan, he became the first foreign resident of Kagoshima to be awarded the grand prize at the 52nd Kagoshima Prefectural Art Exhibition.

After completing a Master of Fine Arts in drawing and painting at California State University, Long Beach, in 2008, he taught at Eastern Kentucky University, Vincennes University and Eastern Illinois University. He has had solo exhibitions in Japan and at several locations throughout the U.S.

The Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery is open to the public, and admission is free. The gallery displays the works of local and national artists, as well as of the faculty, staff and students of Ohio University. It is located on the second floor of Shannon Hall and is open to the public 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 4-7 p.m. Thursdays.