The work made by Roy Trollope in Spain between 1999 and 2008 demonstrates the steady development of the iconographic style which began to appear in his paintings in the early 70s. It shows his way of making images by building up painted surfaces in overlaid handmade layers with the help of tools like combs to create etched surfaces and using stencils for details such as figures, trees, rocks or furniture. He had perfected a way of working which he was able to repeat where the elements of a possible composition were first moved around by hand until they came to rest in a way that he liked. They were then fixed so that the work of painting into them could begin. Then began the process of excavation so that the surfaces were honed down and parts of the layers beneath revealed to the point where nothing seemed to be accidental.
There appear to be few spontaneous gestures or details which could identify a place or a person, particularly in the earlier landscapes, the interiors and the figurative paintings made before 2006. Yet there is a dramatic sense of distance, space and colour. The interiors and intimate figurative scenes evoke stillness, a place to come home to, a sense of rest; some, through a carefully framed part of the picture, look out onto a dominating landscape as if the outside and the inside are in cohouts.
A sense of spontaneity perhaps emerges more in the paintings where rock faces, tunnels or water dominate and where the marks which define their character and natural textures turn the images not just into something to look at but also to experience physically .
And it is in the final body of work begun in 2007 which Roy was still working on before he died that this physical experience really comes to life. His love of mountains, his understanding of their scale and his delight in the small details which he finds to turn them into narratives, dominate these images which also demonstrate how far he had come in his journey as a gifted and thoughtful painter at the peak of his craft.
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