Los Angeles/Palm Springs based artist, Trevor Wayne, was born in Chicago and raised on a blueberry farm in Michigan. Trevor’s desire to become an artist developed not from an encounter with paintings in a museum, but from his childhood love of Saturday morning cartoons. The influence of cartoons and comics remains palpable in his work, with its hard-edged clarity and stylized economy of visual means. Like the Pop Art figures that preceded him, Wayne mines familiar references for his paintings, drawing on totems of consumerism and mainstream entertainment that are well-known to American audiences including horror movies, Barbie dolls, reality television, and classic Hollywood cinema.
Wayne makes no secret of the fact that his art career is supported in large part by his work as a model and actor, and that he often appears in work with explicit gay sexual themes. He has been photographed by Mario Testino, Greg Gorman, and horror legend Clive Barker. Like many other Pop Artists, including Warhol and Koons, Wayne has crafted a persona around himself that exists in tandem with his work as a painter. His work as a model reinforces the notion of his body and sexuality as an integral part of his overall brand, a knowing gesture that underscores the close ties between celebrity, sex, and success in the contemporary art market.
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