About & CV

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Jack Trolove is a full time artist from Aotearoa New Zealand.

He is represented in Auckland by Whitespace Gallery, has shown with Greenaway Gallery / GAG PROJECTS in Australia, and is currently working on a public gallery show with Te Manawa Art Gallery.

He holds an MFA from Massey University, and is currently working on a doctorate at Elam school of Fine Arts, Auckland University.

Jack’s work explores relationships between embodiment and liminal spaces; the poetics of gender transition, intergenerational memory, and other states of in-between-ness.



Solo exhibitions

2021(upcoming solo) Te Manawa Public Art Gallery
2020Mangrove Whitespace Gallery, Auckland NZ
2019 Tenderise  Whitespace Gallery, Auckland NZ
2018 & 2019Auckland Art Fair – featured artist Whitespace Gallery
2017Quantum Songs at Whitespace Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2016Medicinal Skins. Whitespace Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2015The body remembers. Whitespace Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2014Still Breathing. Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
2010Ghost Paper: Thoughts from an unsettled settler. Toi Poneke Gallery
2008My Nana’s Kilt. Massey Lab Space, Wellington, NZ
2007coal(d) ruin. Rothesay Castle, Isle of Bute, Scotland.
2006Spectacular Testimony. Massey Lab Space, Wellington, NZ
2005It’s just a domestic. Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland
2005Cherise Savage. Free Space Project, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland
2004Todos. Galeria de l’Arc del Teatre, Barcelona, Spain

Selected Group Exhibitions and Projects

2019 Poutokomanawa: The Carmen Rupe Generation. NZ Portrait Gallery
2017Recent Acquisitions ASB Wallace Arts Trust, Pah Homestead.
2017Pataka Gallery, Wallace Art Awards finalists travelling show
2016Auckland Art Fair, Whitespace Booth, NZ
2016Certainly Very Merry, pride festival. Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland
Molly Morepeth Canaday Awards and Exhibition, Te Koputu, Whakatane Exhibition Centre, NZ (award winner)
2015 2013Parkin Drawing Prize Exhibition. NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
2010Out of Sight: selected works from the NMIT collection. Suter Gallery, Nelson NZ
2010Whiteness/Whitemess, Creative Disorders and Hope: A critical gathering. Berhampore Space, Wellington NZ
2005Atelier de la Dequeker. Artist in Residence, La Creuse, France.
2004Matriz. Galeria de Tim Ca, Barcelona, Spain
2004Juntos. Galeria de Tim Ca, Barcelona, Spain
2003Structural Damage. TGP Artist Run Gallery, Cuba Street, Wellington NZ
2002Gorse Heart Beats TGP collective. Civic Square (International Sculpture Festival) Wellington NZ
2002Kicking Over The Melting Pot: Five Pākehā artists perspectives on responsibilities to colonisation in Aotearoa. TGP Artist Run Gallery, Cuba St, Wellington
2000‘X’ Suter Gallery, Nelson NZ

Selected public collections

 Wallace Arts Trust NZ
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology permanent collection NZ
Victoria University Collection NZ
Parkin Collection NZ
Art Gallery of South Australia
Australian Museum in Canberra

Awards and Residencies

2020Awarded full doctoral scholarship in Fine Art, Auckland University
2020Awarded Arts Grant, Creative New Zealand
2019, 2017, 2016Finalist, Wallace Art Awards 2016,17,19.
Recipient of The People’s Choice Award 2016 & 2017
2015Shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award exhibition. National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
2015Creative New Zealand Grant recipient
2014 & 2015Molly Morepeth Canaday merit award
2013 & 2014Selected for The Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition
2007Scottish Arts Council residency
2005Painting Residency, France


1979Born Aotearoa, New Zealand
2000Degree in Visual Arts from NMIT, Nelson
2001Co-founder of TGP Arts Collective
2006Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts, Massey University
2007Scottish Arts Council, International Artist in Residence on the Isle of Bute
2008MFA with Distinction, Massey University, Wellington
2020Doctoral student, Fine Arts, Auckland University