Scott A. Trimble’s practice of planting successive images on the same plane offers an experience beyond the four corners of the canvas. He partially or wholly obscures one of his then-existing paintings, pressing the remainders into service of a new palimpsest that echoes and physically resembles the way our memories construct themselves over time. He pairs intuitively musical titles with doggedly ambiguous imagery as his paintings examine the elusive nature of recall within the hidden structures of relationships and emotional wellsprings.


Trimble’s work spirals forth from relationships, observations, the sparks and shadows of the mind, and its stories. He willfully abandons his intellect until knee-deep in an image, engaging only the intuition of his eyes and hand, with the intention only to tell a story. It is partly always the story of himself, and because of the way he palimpsestically reuses and re-purposes previous canvases, it also is the story of each painting’s own making, mirroring the shifting, fragmentary nature of memory, distilled to a sensation, what he calls a pocket narrative, a very, very, very short story mapped in a non-linear, a temporal fashion.


Trimble paints with an empathetic rhythm that moves the brush and shapes his titles, which feed off each other. That poetic interaction is your invitation. As you make your own sense of the title, and reconcile it with the image, Trimble hopes you will find some resonance – both personal and universal – with the human melody

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Scott A. Trimble

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Scott Trimble, Surreal Expressionism
We always relished the nod of the Greetsman
Oil on Canvas, 24" x 30"
Scott Trimble, Surreal Expressionism
Worry not for perfection is merely a notion that
does not exist
Oil on Canvas, 30" x 40"
Scott Trimble, Surreal Expressionism
Upon us came a sixth
Oil on Canvas, 36" x 48"
Scott Trimble, Surreal Expressionism
You thinkin’ what I’m thinkin’?
Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36"
Scott Trimble, Surreal Expressionism
And the gang it had a leader and the leader he was good
Oil on Canvas, 40" x 30"
Scott Trimble, Surreal Expressionism
The harlequin covet
Oil on Canvas, 36" x 24"
Scott Trimble, Surreal Expressionism
The orator stood nearby and gave me the words
Oil on Canvas, 40" x 30"