Mr Justin Trendall

MVA (SCA)
Senior Lecturer, Printmedia

N01P - Sydney College Of The Arts - Rozelle - (Kirkbride)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1064
Fax +61 2 9351 1199

Website Sarah Cottier Gallery

Biographical details

Justin Trendall is a contemporary artist who works with a combination of drawing, photography, screen printing and Lego. Represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery in Sydney he has an extensive national exhibition record. His work is held in the collections of major public institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), the Art Gallery of NSW and the Monash Museum of Modern Art.

Born in Uganda, Justin arrived in Perth when he was four years old. He attended the Special Arts Program at Applecross Senior High School and later studied Fine Arts at Curtin University. After a number of years spent travelling and living in Europe he returned to Australia and settled in Sydney where he completed his Master of Fine Arts at Sydney University in 1994. Since graduating he has produced a body of work that has explored the relationship between memory, history and cultural identity. Before taking up a Lecturing position at Sydney College of the Arts in 1999 he taught for three years at the Canberra School of Art, ANU.

Research interests

The creation of monuments and the construction of histories (written and spoken) are integral to the production and maintenance of the collective identities (ethnic, religious, cultural, subcultural and national) that shape us as individuals. Using the idea of 'small monuments' as a focal point Justin's work explores how these official processes of memorialisation relate to and react with the more subjective relationship to the past afforded us by memory. The architectural designs and cultural maps he produces in his studio practice experiment with ways of representing linkages between history/memory and cultural identity. He is particularly interested in the role that 'images' of the past play in the construction of the ethical, moral and political codes that orientate us both as individuals and as a society. The diverse set of marginal and mainstream histories featured in his art (mining, urban subcultures, modern art, neo-classical and modernist architecture, surfing and Enlightenment politics) are used to reflect on the nature of Australian cultural identity and how different relationships to the past embedded in it shape its ongoing evolution.

Teaching and supervision

Christopher Bonnily, MFA

Melissa Howe, MFA

Penny Cain, MFA

Linda Wilken, MFA

Awards and honours

2012 Little Creatures Acquisition Award
2009 Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant
2007 Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant
2004 Canberra Contemporary Art Award

PhD and master's project opportunities

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Selected grants

2014

  • Production of New Work; Trendall J; Australia Council for the Arts/Visual Arts Board.

Selected publications & creative works

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Conferences

  • Trendall, J. (2011). New Tendencies in Print at Sydney College of the Arts. IMPACT7 conference, Melbourne: Monash University.

Visual Art

  • Trendall, J. (2013). 1. Cape Sounion 2. A House for Childe Harold and Princess Monomoke 3. Pussy Riot 4. San Franciscan Nights 5. Art Unit (version two) 6. Juanita Nielsen 7. A House for Kath and Alec 8. A House for Giotto and Georgio de Chirico 9. Pilbara Block 10. Aeschylus 11. Sophocles 12. A House for Julia Gillard and Jean-Luc Godard 13. Yilgarn Block. In: Out One Spectre. Station Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2013). 1. Fraenkelufer Schlacht 2012. In: Collection 4. Articulate Project Space, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2013). 1. Indian Ocean II 2013 2. Indian Ocean III 2013 3. Untitled 2013 4. Improvised Shelter II 2013. In: Summer. Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2013). A House for Birdy and Walter Benjamin, 2013. In: Art on Paper: Hazelhurst Art Award 2013. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2013). A House for Jean-Antoine Watteau. In: Ten out of 10. MOP Projects, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2012). A House for Two Artists. Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, Penrith, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2012). 1. A House for Rainer Maria Rilke and Joy Hester, 2012 2. Darlinghurst 3, 2012. In: Masculin Feminin (Part 2). Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2011). 1. A House for Francis Ponge and Paul Celan. In: Fair & Square. Charles Sturt University. Joyes Hall, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2011). 1. A House for Georgina Rinehart and Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi 2. A House for Sylveve Lotringer and Louise Hearman 3. A House for Rudi Dutschke and Peter Doig 4. The Tombs of Cimabue, Giotto, Cezanne and Cindy Sherman 5. A House for Edvard Munch and Tulla Larsen 6. A House for Dale Frank and Bill Dunbar. In: painting and time. ICAN. The Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2011). 1. A House for Jasper Johns and Martin Heidegger. In: Art on Paper. Hazelhurst Regional Galllery. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2011). 1. Darlinghurst 1 (small version) 2010. In: Networks Cells and Silos. Monash University, Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2010). 1. Monument to Allison Krause 2. Monument to Jeffrey Miller 3. Monument to William Knox Schroeder 4. Monument to Sandra Scheuer 5. A House for Benno Ohnesorg and Agha-Soltan. In: Kent State. The University Art Gallery, Sydney. The University Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2010). A House for Charles Baudelaire and Jeanne Duval. In: B&W. Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2010). Change this world. In: Emerald Couture: Fashion Show. Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2010). Darlinghurst. In: Time and Space. Hazelhurst Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2010). Share House 1. A House for Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Saint Augustine 2. A House for Two Artists 3. A House for Marguerite Duras and Ed Ruscha 4. A House for Eva Hesse and John Cale 5. Untitled 6. A House for Antony and the Johnsons 7. Untitled 8. A House for Stephen Birch and Sarah Blasko 9. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow 10. Jackson Pollock. In: Share House. Sarah Cottier Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2010). The White Album. In: ICAN covers. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2010). Untitled. In: In Temperance. Temperance Lane, CBD, Sydney. Temperance Lane, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2009). 1. Black Square 2. Maroubra Beach 3. A House for Cimabue and A Tribe Called Quest. In: Expandex. Tinsheds Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2009). 1. Climate Change 2009 2. A House for Juanita Nielsen and Thomas Hirschhorn 2007 3. The Artist's Studio 2005. In: Cryptophilistinism. Cast Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2009). 1. Psychomachia 2008 2. Throwness 2008 3. A House for Louis Kahn & Little Birdy 4. A House for Nico & Piet Mondrian II 5. Untitled 6. A House for Gordon Matta-Clark & Yo La Tengo 7. Untitled 8. Untitled 9. Care 10. Anticipatory Resoluteness 11. Tahiti. In: Near Perfect. Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2008). 1. Nothing lasts forever II 2. Human Freedom 3. Reification 4. New Babylon Yellow Sector Memorial. In: Nothing Changes, Change Everything. University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Gallery. UTS Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2008). 1. Untitled 2. Sehnsucht 3. Untitled 4. Nothing Lasts Forever (and ever) 5. Cortes Banks 6. A House For Sarah Goffman and Susan Renouf 7. A House For William Blake and Jim Cairns 8. Endless Summer 9. Confessions StAugustine 10. Confessions Jean Jaques Rousseau. In: Endless Summer: Prima Parte. MOP Projects. MOP Gallery 1, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2008). IOPO. In: New Moon. Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2008). JT titles. In: 3-D Painting. Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2007). 1. Atmosphere 2. In: Lion. Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2007). 1. Maria 2. Sal Paradise 3. Rococo, Dada, Minimalism #10. In: Cross Media. Newcastle University Gallery, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2007). 1. Whiteboard #5. In: Fremantle Print Award. Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2007). New World in the Morning. In: Loose Ends. Loose Projects, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2007). Parthenon. In: Making and Breaking Pattern. Hobart City Council. Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2007). Whiteboard # 3. In: Chat Room. Deloitte. Deloitte building, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2007). Why is their Being rather than Nothing?. In: Building Dwelling Thinking. SNO Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2006). 1. A House for Le Corbbusier and Louis Souttier 2. Coco Chanel 3. A House for William Morris and Karl Marx 4. A House for Nico and Piet Mondrian 5. News from Nowhere 6. On the Origins of Inequality Amongst Mankind 7. Great Sandy Desert. In: Design For Living. MOP Projects. MOP Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2006). 1. Anna Peters. In: Cones of Zontact. Loose Projects. Loose Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2006). 1. Tomorrow Will Be Fine 2. A House for a Landscape Painter and a Performance Artist 3. Whiteboard. In: Wallal To Israelite Bay. Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2006). 1.A house for a landscape painter and a performance artist #2. In: Contemporary Collectors Benefit Exhibition. Contemporary Collectors Benefit Exhibition, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2006). Childe Harold/Future Fall. In: Fabrication: Five Contemporary Artists Who Work With Pattern. Tin Sheds, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2006). Fremantle Print Award 1. Section 5. In: 32nd Fremantle Print Award. Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2006). What are art schools for?. In: What are art schools for? Cross Art Projects. Cross Art Projects Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2005). The Phantasmagorical Grid Justin Trendall & The Influence of Giovanni Battista Piranesi. The University of Sydney. War Memorial Gallery, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2005). Atmosphere. In: City of Perth Art Award 2005. Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2005). Candles in the Rain. In: ABN-AMRO Emerging Artist Award Exhibition. ABN-AMRO. ABN-AMRO Tower Foyer, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2005). CCAS Contemporary Art Award. In: CCAS Contemporary Art Award. CCAS. Afghanistan.
  • Trendall, J. (2004). CCAS Contemporary Art Award 2004. Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS), Canberra, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2004). 1. Kreuzberg SO36. In: 2004 ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award. ABN AMRO. ABN AMRO Tower Foyer, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2003). 1. Africa. In: Africa. Front Room Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2003). 1. Vanessa Beecroft 2. Alfred Jarry 3. Francis Bacon. In: Self Information ii. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2003). title?. In: Self Information. Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

Textual Creative Works

  • Trendall, J. (2011). Timing and Paint. painting and time, (pp. 4 - 4). Sydney, Australia: Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (ICAN).

2013

  • Trendall, J. (2013). 1. Cape Sounion 2. A House for Childe Harold and Princess Monomoke 3. Pussy Riot 4. San Franciscan Nights 5. Art Unit (version two) 6. Juanita Nielsen 7. A House for Kath and Alec 8. A House for Giotto and Georgio de Chirico 9. Pilbara Block 10. Aeschylus 11. Sophocles 12. A House for Julia Gillard and Jean-Luc Godard 13. Yilgarn Block. In: Out One Spectre. Station Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2013). 1. Fraenkelufer Schlacht 2012. In: Collection 4. Articulate Project Space, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2013). 1. Indian Ocean II 2013 2. Indian Ocean III 2013 3. Untitled 2013 4. Improvised Shelter II 2013. In: Summer. Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2013). A House for Birdy and Walter Benjamin, 2013. In: Art on Paper: Hazelhurst Art Award 2013. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2013). A House for Jean-Antoine Watteau. In: Ten out of 10. MOP Projects, Sydney, Australia.

2012

  • Trendall, J. (2012). A House for Two Artists. Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, Penrith, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2012). 1. A House for Rainer Maria Rilke and Joy Hester, 2012 2. Darlinghurst 3, 2012. In: Masculin Feminin (Part 2). Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2011

  • Trendall, J. (2011). 1. A House for Francis Ponge and Paul Celan. In: Fair & Square. Charles Sturt University. Joyes Hall, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2011). 1. A House for Georgina Rinehart and Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi 2. A House for Sylveve Lotringer and Louise Hearman 3. A House for Rudi Dutschke and Peter Doig 4. The Tombs of Cimabue, Giotto, Cezanne and Cindy Sherman 5. A House for Edvard Munch and Tulla Larsen 6. A House for Dale Frank and Bill Dunbar. In: painting and time. ICAN. The Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2011). 1. A House for Jasper Johns and Martin Heidegger. In: Art on Paper. Hazelhurst Regional Galllery. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2011). 1. Darlinghurst 1 (small version) 2010. In: Networks Cells and Silos. Monash University, Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2011). New Tendencies in Print at Sydney College of the Arts. IMPACT7 conference, Melbourne: Monash University.
  • Trendall, J. (2011). Timing and Paint. painting and time, (pp. 4 - 4). Sydney, Australia: Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (ICAN).

2010

  • Trendall, J. (2010). 1. Monument to Allison Krause 2. Monument to Jeffrey Miller 3. Monument to William Knox Schroeder 4. Monument to Sandra Scheuer 5. A House for Benno Ohnesorg and Agha-Soltan. In: Kent State. The University Art Gallery, Sydney. The University Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2010). A House for Charles Baudelaire and Jeanne Duval. In: B&W. Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2010). Change this world. In: Emerald Couture: Fashion Show. Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2010). Darlinghurst. In: Time and Space. Hazelhurst Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2010). Share House 1. A House for Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Saint Augustine 2. A House for Two Artists 3. A House for Marguerite Duras and Ed Ruscha 4. A House for Eva Hesse and John Cale 5. Untitled 6. A House for Antony and the Johnsons 7. Untitled 8. A House for Stephen Birch and Sarah Blasko 9. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow 10. Jackson Pollock. In: Share House. Sarah Cottier Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2010). The White Album. In: ICAN covers. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2010). Untitled. In: In Temperance. Temperance Lane, CBD, Sydney. Temperance Lane, Sydney, Australia.

2009

  • Trendall, J. (2009). 1. Black Square 2. Maroubra Beach 3. A House for Cimabue and A Tribe Called Quest. In: Expandex. Tinsheds Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2009). 1. Climate Change 2009 2. A House for Juanita Nielsen and Thomas Hirschhorn 2007 3. The Artist's Studio 2005. In: Cryptophilistinism. Cast Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2009). 1. Psychomachia 2008 2. Throwness 2008 3. A House for Louis Kahn & Little Birdy 4. A House for Nico & Piet Mondrian II 5. Untitled 6. A House for Gordon Matta-Clark & Yo La Tengo 7. Untitled 8. Untitled 9. Care 10. Anticipatory Resoluteness 11. Tahiti. In: Near Perfect. Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2008

  • Trendall, J. (2008). 1. Nothing lasts forever II 2. Human Freedom 3. Reification 4. New Babylon Yellow Sector Memorial. In: Nothing Changes, Change Everything. University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Gallery. UTS Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2008). 1. Untitled 2. Sehnsucht 3. Untitled 4. Nothing Lasts Forever (and ever) 5. Cortes Banks 6. A House For Sarah Goffman and Susan Renouf 7. A House For William Blake and Jim Cairns 8. Endless Summer 9. Confessions StAugustine 10. Confessions Jean Jaques Rousseau. In: Endless Summer: Prima Parte. MOP Projects. MOP Gallery 1, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2008). IOPO. In: New Moon. Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2008). JT titles. In: 3-D Painting. Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2007

  • Trendall, J. (2007). 1. Atmosphere 2. In: Lion. Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2007). 1. Maria 2. Sal Paradise 3. Rococo, Dada, Minimalism #10. In: Cross Media. Newcastle University Gallery, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2007). 1. Whiteboard #5. In: Fremantle Print Award. Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2007). New World in the Morning. In: Loose Ends. Loose Projects, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2007). Parthenon. In: Making and Breaking Pattern. Hobart City Council. Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2007). Whiteboard # 3. In: Chat Room. Deloitte. Deloitte building, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2007). Why is their Being rather than Nothing?. In: Building Dwelling Thinking. SNO Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney, Australia.

2006

  • Trendall, J. (2006). 1. A House for Le Corbbusier and Louis Souttier 2. Coco Chanel 3. A House for William Morris and Karl Marx 4. A House for Nico and Piet Mondrian 5. News from Nowhere 6. On the Origins of Inequality Amongst Mankind 7. Great Sandy Desert. In: Design For Living. MOP Projects. MOP Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2006). 1. Anna Peters. In: Cones of Zontact. Loose Projects. Loose Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2006). 1. Tomorrow Will Be Fine 2. A House for a Landscape Painter and a Performance Artist 3. Whiteboard. In: Wallal To Israelite Bay. Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2006). 1.A house for a landscape painter and a performance artist #2. In: Contemporary Collectors Benefit Exhibition. Contemporary Collectors Benefit Exhibition, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2006). Childe Harold/Future Fall. In: Fabrication: Five Contemporary Artists Who Work With Pattern. Tin Sheds, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2006). Fremantle Print Award 1. Section 5. In: 32nd Fremantle Print Award. Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2006). What are art schools for?. In: What are art schools for? Cross Art Projects. Cross Art Projects Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2005

  • Trendall, J. (2005). The Phantasmagorical Grid Justin Trendall & The Influence of Giovanni Battista Piranesi. The University of Sydney. War Memorial Gallery, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2005). Atmosphere. In: City of Perth Art Award 2005. Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2005). Candles in the Rain. In: ABN-AMRO Emerging Artist Award Exhibition. ABN-AMRO. ABN-AMRO Tower Foyer, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2005). CCAS Contemporary Art Award. In: CCAS Contemporary Art Award. CCAS. Afghanistan.

2004

  • Trendall, J. (2004). CCAS Contemporary Art Award 2004. Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS), Canberra, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2004). 1. Kreuzberg SO36. In: 2004 ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award. ABN AMRO. ABN AMRO Tower Foyer, Sydney, Australia.

2003

  • Trendall, J. (2003). 1. Africa. In: Africa. Front Room Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2003). 1. Vanessa Beecroft 2. Alfred Jarry 3. Francis Bacon. In: Self Information ii. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia.
  • Trendall, J. (2003). title?. In: Self Information. Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

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