‘Unfinished Journey’ 2008 ‘Unfinished Journey’ 2008


Roy Trollope’s paintings, collages and drawings have received high praise since the first exhibition in Britain of his work for some time in 2010.

‘Exceptional work, I’ve never seen anything like it’....’Brilliant and vibrant work. Very evocative and thought provoking’...’Great to see original techniques combined with a poetic sense of composition’ .... ‘Beautiful, subtle play with colours, the evocation of specific space and also timeless universal space’..... ‘Very beautiful, splendid, artist and philosopher’.....’Fantastic work’...... ‘The textures are just amazing’. ... ‘One needs to look and ponder. Roy Trollope is an artist of conviction – a unique voice’.

From 2000 and until 2008 when he died, Roy had been showing work successfully in Spain, particularly with the Maika Sanchez Gallery in Valencia. He moved to Castellon Province, Valencia, in 1997. So only now are the post 1999 Spanish works and the narrative paintings and drawings he made between 1989 and 1997 in the UK before moving to Spain, being seen in British galleries.

Already in British and American collections are abstract and figurative works produced in the 1950s and 60s and constructivist artworks made in the 1970s.

In 1996 he won the South East Arts Painting Prize for ‘Falling’ (see gallery: ‘War’) which is now in the collection of the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne. The Imperial War Museum in London and the Sussex Archeological Society in Lewes also recently acquired images from this period.

The work Roy made before moving to Spain has an iconic nature that aims to visualise a personal story about a childhood profoundly affected by the Second World War, about the challenges posed by sexuality and masculine culture, and about the prospect of old age. This body of work has a uniqueness about it because it tells stories using a visual medium which are accessible to the viewer through an intriguing and magical mix of cultural and mythological signifiers and characters.

Roy’s last home on a mountainside in Spain provided the final sanctuary which enabled him to move on into a space he had never investigated before – landscape, particularly mountainous landscape which evoked his own experience as a skilled mountaineer.

Apart from some figurative paintings of interior settings, he mainly concentrated on images which reproduced mountains and their environments in all their infinite variety of surface colour and pattern, shape and hidden places.

The images he was working on when he died, like the one on this page, in spite of being uncompleted, are a fitting end to his story and potentially a wonderful celebration of his imagination and talent.

Roy Trollope - a Celebration of his Life and Work