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Philip Trusttum

Philip Trusttum is one of New Zealand's most recognised contemporary painters and is represented in all major public and private collections within New Zealand. He graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of  Canterbury School of Art in 1964. In 1967 he travelled on a Queen Elizabeth 11 Arts Council scholarship, and went on to work in Europe and North America. He was part of ANZART at the Edinburgh Arts Festival in 1984 and in the same year exhibited on New York's 57th Street at the Jill Kornblee Gallery. He has shown in Sydney, New York, Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch. In 1998 he was the only New Zealand artist to be reviewed in the New York Times and in 2000 was awarded the prestigious Pollock Krasner Foundation grant.
In 2002 Trusttum built a large tin shed at 18 Peterborough Street near the Avon River in Christchurch.. This shed stood behind his elegant wooden two storey house in central Christchurch. The studio survived the major earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011 but sadly the house has had to be demolished. Along with senior artist Barry Cleavin, Trusttum organised an exhibition in Oxford to support the many Canterbury artists who lost works, studios and homes in the earthquakes.