Christopher Troutman

Shifting Perspectives and Sensitive Observations
September 27 - November 6, 2010


  • Reception: September 30, 6-8 p.m., gallery lounge
  • Live music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble

Christopher Troutman, Public and Private, paper, 183 x 432 cm, 2008Parkland Art Gallery presents an exhibition of drawings by Christopher Troutman whose work focuses on the human figure in urban environments. Highly influenced by his places of residence, Troutman draws on his experiences of living in Japan and within the United States. He chooses ordinary people and their environments as subjects to initiate his research. Through experimenting with shifting points of view to establish a new context for daily visual experiences he engages the audience with points of view outside the scope of everyday life. Through revising and changing compositions in mid-process, Troutman focuses on the unique gestures of human figures and amplifies the urban settings through the use of enhanced perspective and steep angles.

Raised in Peoria, Illinois, he graduated with a BFA from Bradley University in 2003 then opened a conversational English School in Kagoshima City, Japan. In 2008, Troutman completed an MFA in drawing and painting at California State University, Long Beach. Currently he is teaching drawing and painting at Eastern Illinois University.  He and his wife make annual summer returns to Japan.

High Noon with the Artist
A series of art lectures has been planned to coincide with the exhibit. These “High Noon with the Artist” lectures in the gallery allow faculty from selected areas to offer more in-depth discussions of their work. Depending on the question-and-answer portion, these events, which start at noon, should last a half hour to 45 minutes. On September 9, drawing and design instructor Melinda McIntosh will provide a lecture while Ecker, an instructor in graphic design, will present a talk about his work on September 15.

Image: Christopher Troutman, Public and Private, paper, 183 x 432 cm, 2008