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Robert Trudeau

Robert Trudeau

About Artist

Basic Information

  • Gender

    Male
  • Artist Statement

    Imagining and rendering the characters of the Bayou State in their chunky elegance is where I've found myself for the last several decades. The faces, figures and postures of Creole people, their material poverty and soulful splendor, touches me. I am drawn to document and re-imagine the sweaty days of the non-privileged people of Louisiana in various media. It is a meditational journey in a bateau, a jon boat. It is a spiritual duty.
    Edward Gorey, Robert Crumb and Jean Dubuffet are my guiding diviners. While my image-making has always begun with a flat sketch and / or a photo, in recent years my sketching has extended to cut-paper, stop-action animation and to video captures. If my agglomeration of weathered, hirsute and pockety people adds up to a smudged, flickering profile of the Bayou State, so be it.
  • Resume

    Multi-disciplinary artist Robert E Trudeau
    Awards
    - "Alonzo Maxile, Jr," animation/video, Critic's Choice awarded by Bruce Campbell, Portland, OR, Impromptu, Shreveport, 2011.
    - "Elliott," Critic's Choice by Lauren Buscemi, San Diego, Bona Fide II, Shreveport, 2012.
    - Shreveport Common Temporary Art Grants:
    "Twenty One 6'X6' Sketches on Texas Ave," mural, 2012.
    "Three Women," 6'X20' mural, 719 Crockett St.
    - "As Is," Nick Cave art assistant team member, 2016. (Participation not completed).
    - "Visual Artists Studios @ Artspace, April - May, 2016.
    - City of Shreveport Multi-disiciplinary Artist Fellowship, 2008.

    Video
    - Resident videographer for Artspace exhibits in 2011 and 2012.
    - Youtube channels: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMGfC3rFoLTKSFDVEJJZFNg?view_as=subscriber and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPzGnIA8aee7uhF8fHWNVoQ

    Sketches
    - Art critic Brett Campbell, Portland, Oregon, wrote of "Alonzo," "Trudeau's use of intentionally primitive techniques, sepia tone and spare line drawings combine to poignantly evoke the streetscape and to make the characters almost archetypal - appropriate for the almost parable-like nature of the simple tale. While I'd like to see a little more substance than this snapshot, the originality of his vision really stands out."

    Please view more sketches at http://trudeauart.blogspot.com/

    Music:

    - Tchai, an artists collective devoted to improvisation in music, video and audience participation.
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Education

Member since
Monday, 11 May 2015 00:00
Last online
4 weeks ago