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Trey Hurst

Trey Hurst

Born: 1988

Hometown: Baton Rouge

Based in: Bangkok

I am a visual artist and designer, born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and currently living in Bangkok, Thailand.

My work is an exercise in Pattern-Building, using simple and repetitive brushwork. My portfolio consists mostly of large, abstract ink and watercolor drawings on handmade Saa paper. I group my work under two themes:

Memory and Place: Complex patterns that articulate my own fragmented and distorted memories, emotions, history. They represent my experience in a given place and time. My most recent drawings and paintings explore my relationship with Southern Louisiana.

Material and Process: Simple patterns and compositions which I construct through both repetitive mark-making and fluid strokes. These pieces reflect dichotomies, like calm and anxiety or fluidity and rigidity.

Inspiration and Influence:
Originally trained as an architect, I draw inspiration from the constant making and remaking of patterns in our built environment. The lines and grids of urban infrastructure, the shapes and textures of building facades, and the ways in which our man made structures interact with nature all inform my approach to drawing and painting.

Additionally, My work is heavily influenced by the history and tradition of pattern in Textile Design. In particular, the use of woven, printed, tufted, and dyed patterns in fabrics and rugs as mechanisms for storytelling and cultural identification. So in addition to working with handmade Saa paper for my art, I often paint directly onto unstretched canvas or local handwoven fabrics.

I now work full time creating art and building my brand, Tohmie, in Bangkok, Thailand.



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What inspires you?

Originally trained as an architect, I draw inspiration from the constant making and remaking of patterns in our built environment. The lines and grids of urban infrastructure, the shapes and textures of building facades, and the ways in which our man made structures interact with nature all inform my approach to drawing and painting.

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Pattern, Memory, Place

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

When creating my artwork, the most important tool I leverage is the space around me.

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

The best advice I've received is to simply "always be making". Just make a mark, make a cut, add some ink to paper. Even if you feel stuck or uninspired, the best thing you can do is take action and "always be making."

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Where do you go for inspiration?

I have a strong connection to spaces and places. I draw inspiration from the build environment, in particular, the many cities I've visited or lived in throughout my life.


Credentials

Education

California College of the Arts

United States of America, 2013

Illinois Institute of Technology

United States of America, 2011

Education

California College of the Arts

United States of America, 2013

Illinois Institute of Technology

United States of America, 2011

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