The Tetley


22 July - 9 October 2016

Join us for the launch on Thursday 21 July from 6-8PM. Free, all welcome

In his first solo show in a public gallery in the UK, London-based sculptor Jonathan Trayte presents a variety of recent works especially made and selected for The Tetley. Trayte’s work explores our complex relationship with food, from the production industry and global supply chains that engineer and design the products we consume, to its emotional and social role in today’s food obsessed society.

Trayte’s sculptural installations of 1:1 casts of super-sized, prize vegetables are exuberant and comical. Using bare concrete or lurid painted bronze, Trayte’s installations echo familiar sites of consumption, from haphazard market-stalls to carefully orchestrated supermarket displays and elaborate dinner tables.

Trayte borrows his eye-popping colour palette from a vast array of food packaging – designed to catch the eye of consumers and compete with rival brands. Accentuating their unusual scale with unnatural ornamentation, common vegetables are transformed into glossy objects of desire, too good to eat.

Works on display demonstrate Trayte’s ongoing research interest that has involved the artist undertaking international residencies and visiting markets and factories where food is sold and produced.

Trayte has also engaged with academic research, most recently collaborating with Professor Charles Spence at the experimental psychology laboratory at Oxford University, to gain an insight in how consumer decision-making is manipulated in commercial environments using various means, materials, lighting and temperatures.

Artists’ Editions

Alongside Polyculture, Trayte has produced a new limited edition screen print for sale in our shop.

In the Bar & Kitchen, Trayte is also exhibiting a range of limited edition, semi-functional ceramics within bespoke display cases. As Trayte’s first foray into ceramics these whimsical vessels riff off on the voluptuous forms and vibrant colours of Trayte’s sculptures.

For information on how to purchase one of Trayte’s limited editions, please visit our shop.

This exhibition is supported by Holiday Inn Express Leeds Royal Armouries and Pop Art.