Having only recently graduated from the Camberwell College of Art, Tristan Pigott’s work is already attracting much critical attention. As one of the seven emerging artists selected by The Art Investor to exhibit at The Strand Gallery, his unique paintings explore human behaviour with a surreal twist.
Pigott takes insparation from the everyday, carefully selecting subjects from his own social circle. Within the painting, these characters inhabit the space between the surreal and uncomfortably hyper-real. Like the composite photographs of Loretta Lux, these faces disturb, awakening an innate suspicion of that which too closely mimics us, without being one of us.
These images are relateable yet also unnatural – with distorted proportions and over-defined muscles in muted tones. Pigott’s colour choices may appear somber yet these paintings are far from bleak; an underlying thread of dark humour can be found in the subtle gestures and poses.
Pigott is currently working on a new series of paintings, turning his unique style towards issues of celebrity. He explains:
“The paintings I’m working on continue in a similar vein looking at portraying a person’s “front”. In these new paintings the starting point has been to look at people’s interest in celebrity and how when someone dies it’s a race to see who can make a joke quickest with social media magnifying and twisting the jokes. “
The Art Investor’s Seven Artists exhibition runs at The Strand Gallery between March 19th -23rd.