Brisbane born Christopher Trotter is based in picturesque Boonah, in the Scenic Rim, where he sources scrap metal yards and farms to uncover discharged tools and machineries to incorporate into his sculptures.
Christopher and Boonah horologist David Bland, are behind the unique Blumbergville town clock located in the township of Boonah.
Christopher Trotter has an impressive list of Public Commissions, prizes he won and exhibitions.
The most recognised artworks are probably the City Roos. Originally displayed at Australian Pavilion World Expo -Shanghai, they now can be found in Brisbane’s CBD and are a popular photo opportunity for tourists and locals alike.
At his workshop Christopher continuously tinkers on new artwork and installations but also the fascinating vehicles he created.
Christopher Trotters background:
Associate Diploma- Built Environment -Tech. at Queensland University of Technology, 1988
– 4 years Architectural student and draftsman
– Full time practising self employed artist since 1990
– Creating public works for Government , Councils , Universities and Developers since 1994
My passion is to source and join unrelated objects in a manner that appears perfectly plausible. I like to create new forms that look like they existed in a fictitious reality from either past or present, both living or dead.
This is achieved through exploring materials both natural and man made, then matching their apparent weathered condition and their ability to connect.
I perceive the found objects I use as very special. They still have great form, patina, life and energy.
Inherent connections can also be made between unrelated shapes I use. References to ‘form follows function’ are sometimes observed.
Recent Public Commissions:
2017 “Flow” Kangaroo Point QLD.
2017 “Burchardia” -Malaga WA
2017 “Sonic Bay Buoy” Karragarra Island Qld
2015 “Tambo Truck” -Tambo QLD
2014 “ Blumbergville Clock” town clock -Boonah Qld
2013 “ Steam Fish” Fish Lane, South Brisbane Qld
2012 “ Aquatic Botanica” Hawthorne , BCC Brisbane Qld
2011 “The Great Northern Rail Whistle” Townsville. Qld
2010 “Hooked”Christmas Island Shire Council, WA
2017 Girt By Sea Sculpture Prize Redland Bay QLD
2017 Kingaroy Sculpture Prize
2014 Gold Coast Art Festival Sculpture Prize
2008 “SWELL” Art Festival – Currumbin Peers Award
2006 ‘SPACE’ Award –St Peters College Qld
2006 Waltzing Matilda Art Prize- Winton QLD
2006 Sculptors Queensland Inc. Conceptual Sculpture Prize
2005 Society of Sculptors- Qld “Out door Art Award”
2004 Casuarina Beach Sculpture Walk , NSW
2004 Waltzing Matilda Art Prize- Winton QLD
2002 Society of Sculptors- Qld ,”Smooth-On” Award- Botanical Gardens
2000 Society of Sculptors- Qld ,”Green Survival Award” – Botanical Gardens
2000 Society of Sculptors- Qld ,”Peoples Choice Award” – Botanical Gardens
2000 QR Travel Train Southern Reef Tourism Award
2000 Regional RAIA Commendation
Recent Exhibitions Solo*
2017 Flying Arts Feature Artist – Judith Wright Centre
2003-2017 Swell Sculpture Festival
2017 Strand Ephemera Townsville
2017 Scenic World Sculpture Prize Katoomba NSW
2015 Tambo Art Gallery
2011-2013 ‘Animated Steel’ Touring exhibition with Q.A.C*
2010 World Expo- Shanghai
2010 Swell Sculpture Festival
2010 University of Western Sydney Sculpture Prize , NSW