about the designer

Reading and studying were never Thomas Trum’s strong suit, but thinking and building were. Based in the Dutch city of ’s-Hertogenbosch, Trum is an artist-slash-designer with paint as his muse. Trimmed and tailored to make geometric and linear compositions, a conventional paint roller is utilised to make small-scale research and large-scale explorations with paint and then perceiving the impact of the colourful expanses within public spaces. For Het Nieuwe Instituut’s exhibition Designing the Surface, Trum hand-painted a series of four bespoke wall paintings: Four Blue Lines, Multicolored Lines, Rotated Brush Strokes From Turquoise To Purple and Multiple Dotted Lines. The wall became a giant canvas, spanning 5-m wide by 6-m tall and required the aid of a scissor lift to reach its fringes. Represented by Galerie Vivid, the artist’s pigmented artworks have been exhibited across the walls and floors of Rotterdam art spaces Galerie Rianne Groen and Het Wilde Weten.