The Molesworth Gallery

Jennifer Trouton

It will come to pass ~ oil on paper, laid on board ~ 166 x 94 cm (Corporate collection)


As an artist, Jennifer Trouton is drawn to the oft-overlooked banalities of human existence, dignifying the losses that life inflicts; the lost generations and their culture; childhood innocence subsiding into adolescence; and community-based everyday rituals that are usurped by individualism and isolation. This 'vanishing present' is the constant theme in her work.

With tremendous skill and dexterity, Trouton paints fabric and wallpaper, not just as a mirror of the real world but also as part of a broader narrative, incorporating symbolism and folk-historical imagery into the work. Her mastery of the formal techniques of painting and image-making overlays these subtle narratives, allowing them to emerge slowly over time as the viewer is drawn back into the work again and again.

Jennifer has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland and internationally. Previous solo exhibitions include Still (2009) and Home (2011) at The Molesworth Gallery, as well as shows at the 18th Street Gallery Los Angeles, Spectrum Gallery London, The RHA Ashford Gallery, Dublin and The Fenderesky Gallery Belfast. Her awards include RHA Keating/McLaughlin Medal, a residency at the 18th Street Art Complex in Santa Monica, USA, the COE Adjudicators’ Prize awarded by Andrea Schlieker from the 4th Plinth Project, Trafalagar Square, and a Golden Fleece Award. In 2007, Trouton was shortlisted for Ireland’s prestigious AIB Artist of Promise Award.

Her work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The University of Ulster, Belfast HSC Trust, ESB Ireland, The Office of Public Works and the David Roberts Collection, London.


Curriculum Vitae

Born, 1971
Education, BA, University of Ulster, N.Ireland, 1996

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2014 The ties that bind, The Molesworth Gallery
2014 The past is present, The Wexford Arts Centre
2011 Home, The Molesworth Gallery
2009 Still, The Molesworth Gallery
2008 Ellipsis, Art2008, at the RDS Dublin, with The Molesworth Gallery
2008 Ellipsis, Millenium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland
2007 Re(collection), QSS Gallery Belfast
2006 Re(collection),  Spectrum  Gallery, London
2004 Trace, The Grove Gallery, Downpatrick, N.Ireland
2003 Looking at the Overlooked, RHA, Ashford Gallery, Dublin
2002 Looking at the Overlooked, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast, N.Ireland
2000 Remould, L.A.International Biennial, 18th Street Complex Arts Centre, Santa Monica, U.S.A

Selected Group Shows
2014 Things go dark, The Model, Sligo, joint show with Michael Canning, David Godbold, Elizabeth Magill, Eoin McHugh, Stephen McKenna & Alison Pilkington
2014 Re-framing the domestic in Irish art, High Lanes Gallery, Drogheda
2008/ 2009 Davy's Portrait Award Exhibition, Belfast & Dublin
2007 The F-Word, The Molesworth Gallery
2007 Fenton Gallery, group show curated by Martin Gale, Cork
2007 Resolutions, The Katzen Gallery, (Smithsonian Folklife Festival) Washington 2006 Through our eyes, The Drawing Gallery, New York, USA
2004 Revealing Objects, Naughton Gallery, Belfast. N.Ireland
2002 Recent works, Cork Institute of Art & Technology, Cork
2001 Crawford Open 2, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2000 Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Ireland
1998 Royal Ulster Academy Annual Show, Ulster Museum, Belfast, N.Ireland
1996 Belfast young contemporaries, One Oxford Street, Belfast, N.Ireland

2014 Ballinglen Fellowship Award
2011 RHA Keating / McLaughlin Medal
2007 AIB Prize, shortlisted artist
2006 Golden Fleece Merit Award
2005 COE, Adjudicators prize
2000 COE, Adjudicators prize

2003 Arts Council of Northern Ireland, International Residency, Banff, Canada
1999 18th Street Art Complex, Santa Monica, USA
1999 Tyrone Guthrie Centre, bursary at Annaghmakerig

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