Jonathan Trayte

Jonathan Trayte (born in 1980 in Huddersfield) explores the boundary between food and sculpture. He lives and works in London after graduating with a PG Dip from the Royal Academy Schools, London in 2010 and having worked his way through university in Canterbury in one of the UK's first daily farmers' markets with an on-site food hall and restaurant using only local market produce. Among today's most promising young talent, Trayte draws from his culinary background, creating beautifully made, often colourful casts of food in bronze, ceramic or concrete that comment on contemporary society's production, marketing and consumption of food. Trayte is particularly fascinated by the global food packaging industry and its attempt to entice us, which results in his own work having a highly glossy finish, recreating the industry's similar attempts to create a seductive appeal. Trayte's work is held in important collections around the world. His recent solo exhibitions include those at Identity Gallery, Hong Kong (2011); Simon Oldfield Gallery, London (2010); and Canterbury Cathedral, UK (2011). Group exhibitions include those at Sculpture Al Fresco III at Great Fosters, UK (2013); Josh Lilley Gallery, London (2012); Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2011 and 2009); Poppy Sebire Gallery, London (2011); Franks-Suss Collection, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010); and the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. In 2013, Trayte was shortlisted for the Stanley Picker Fellowship, and was awarded the Land Securities Award in 2011, the Dunoyer de Segonzac Prize and Jealous Graduate Print Prize in 2010 and the Landseer Prize in 2009.