Tristan Pigott (b. 1990) lives and works in London, UK. Pigott holds an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Fine Art (2017-2019) and a BA from Camberwell College of Arts (2009-2012).
Pigott’s practice spans painting and most recently, sculpture. Pigott’s paintings are very deliberate and specific combinations of visual reference and inferred meaning. Primarily working with figure studies and Vanitas inspired still-life which include decisive arrangements of people, objects or furnishings, he is careful to include only those things which speak of the themes he wishes to address. Pigott is interested in ego, identity and the modern condition of acute self awareness. His paintings offer a commentary on the complexities and pitfalls of living in an increasingly self-absorbed culture. It is a subject which Pigott approaches with a rye wit and knowing use of the comically absurd. Through playful subversion, Pigott critiques our tendency to meticulously curate and control the outward portrayal of our identities. Pigott fluidly adopts and adapts the tropes of past painterly movement, reconfiguring them in a manner conscious of how social media now performs the function of giving people control over the image and personality they wish to project. Combining hyper realism with a photoshop meets painterly abstraction, he reflects the tension that exists between outward portrayal and inner reality. Pigotts’s latest series features a new body of work spanning painting, sculpture and installation which highlight the way content consumption has now reached a new crescendo intended to ‘trap’ the viewer.
Notable exhibitions include ‘Slippery Gaze’, ALICE BLACK, London (2018); ‘Juicy Bits’, Cob Gallery, London (2017); ‘Dead Natural’, Cob Gallery (2015); ‘Yellow Sun: The New Contemporaries’, Lagos/Port Harcourt, Nigeria (2014) and ‘Hyperion’, New York, USA (2016). In 2015 Pigott was shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and featured in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.