G u y T r o u g h t o n
The deep connection between nature and man is important to me and a subject I believe is worth exploring in my painting. The endless abstracts and textures I find in nature inspire me greatly and I constantly see the extraordinary in the smallest everyday things, like falling leaves or the ruffled feathers on a bird’s neck.
I am drawn to my subjects for many reasons — shapes in a landscape, the pose of a bird or simply a discarded object — but I often dream beyond these things to the passage of time, to lives once lived or to stories that may never be told. I love the spontaneity and freshness of plein air painting, where I can get close to my subjects, as well as the more considered approach in the studio where there is time to reflect.
Guy Troughton began exploring the natural world at a young age, studying, sketching, and painting the birds and animals around him. After moving to London and drawing his way through an Honours degree in Zoology, he decided to pursue art professionally. Painting in oils, acrylics and watercolour, but with no formal art training, he acknowledges the profound influence on his work of American artists Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth. Between 1982 and 1996, he undertook commissioned illustration work for British publishers and conservation organisations, including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Cambridge University Press and the World Wildlife Fund, having illustrated twelve monographs on British animals in addition to other natural history publications. The intrinsic relationship between man and nature being a recurrent theme in his work, Troughton participated in group exhibitions at galleries in the United Kingdom, notably The Tryon, the Mall Galleries and the Royal West of England Academy, having his first one-person show in 1993.
Since moving to Australia in 1997, Troughton has held 13 solo exhibitions at the Bathers’ Pavilion, Sydney; Mary Place Gallery, Sydney; Leura Fine Arts; House of Phillips Fine Art, Sydney, and the Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney. He has been a finalist in the Fleurieu Art Prize, the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, the Blake Prize, the Mortimore Art Prize, the Salon des Refusés, the Camberwell Art Show and the Mosman Art Prize (winning the People’s Choice Award in 2005). He has taught at Julian Ashton Art School and now holds regular classes and workshops in Sydney.
His work is represented in collections that include the Massachusetts Audubon Society, The National Trust, United Kingdom, and The Flora and Fauna Preservation Society.
A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1999, he is currently serving on the AWI Executive Committee.