Edward Trask by Adam Cave Fine Art



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What makes me so damn important? Nothing! What IS important is the environment and time in which I live and the necessity to historically show this. I paint a symbolic portrait of themes dealing with preservation, spirituality, our social condition, morality and loss of civility in a consumer driven age. I choose imagery that sparks the imagination: dilapidated theaters, the old farmer, soon to be developed landscapes, that fishing trip ten years ago with your grandpa. These themes through their simplicity evoke something that the viewer can come to their own conclusions of where they themselves stand, and what memories from the past hold true today. Through the use of sometimes unnatural perspectives, vibrant colors, and this historically familiar imagery I create a rhythm THAT evolves from the contrast between nature and the modern industrial environment around us. Progress versus Preservation; Nature versus Man. My compositions start on paper, stay simple, but change often, on canvas or birch panels. Paint is applied layer upon layer and is sanded, scraped, and repainted. The history as to where the painting started and where it has progressed from is vital.


Ed Trask, after growing up in Loudoun County VA. left his rural existence,, moved to Richmond VA. and enrolled into the Virginia Commonwealth University’s painting program. While in school he spent every waking hour playing music in the mid 80’s Richmond punk scene and painting. By his third year in school, after many attempts to get gallery attention, he decided to make the many dilapidated buildings surrounding his school his gallery. Paintings were painted directly on buildings, or done on boards and screwed onto the buildings illegally until the city was covered. In 1992 Ed graduated with a painting degree and moved to Washington D.C. where he started touring with Dischord records band the Holy Rollers, and continued to paint illegal murals all over the world while on tour. Three years later he moved back to Richmond to join the band Kepone and continue painting murals while touring . While the demand for his paintings started to grow, he figured he should start a gallery and make a go at mural and sign work. Since then the work has never stopped flowing in, and Ed’s paintings and murals have been collected into many permanent collections including Gap, G.E. Capitol One, Fortune Magazine, N.B.C. Philip Morris, Media General, Mars and Play inc. Ed now plays in the bands AVAIL , Heks Orkest, and Corntooth .He continues to paint murals and canvasses , creates collaborative projects , works as a corporate creative consultant. and organizes community mural projects around the world. Ed has gallery shows nationwide and has his studio in Richmond Virginia where he lives with his beautiful wife and two children….


B.F.A. 1992 Virginia Commonwealth University


2012 Adam Cave Fine Art, Raleigh, North Carolina
2011 Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
2010 Jonathan Slingluff Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2009 Adam Cave Fine Art, Raleigh, North Carolina
2009 Studio 27.28 , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2009 J Fergesen Gallery, Farmville, Virginia
2008 Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, Virginia 2007 Cramer Gallery (Steward School/ residency program), Richmond, Virginia
2006 Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
2005 Cramer Gallery (Steward School/ residency program), Richmond, Virginia
2005 Gallery 222, Leesburg, Virginia
2005 Capital One, Richmond, Virginia
2003 Egg Space Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
2003 Chop Suey Books, Richmond, Virginia
2002 Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
2001 Egg Space Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
2000 New Work, Corporate Museum and Frame, Richmond, Virginia
2000 New Work, Park Group, Richmond, Virginia


2012 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace Gold Coast Australia Small International Group Show
2011 Kimbal Art Center, Park City, Utah
2010 Japanese American Museum, Los Angeles, California
2009 Longwood University, Farmville, VA
2009 T&P Fine Art , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2008 Bridge Art Fair(Miami Art Basel), Miami, Florida
2008 Weekend Fling All Rise Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2008 Insiders Outsiders and The Middle, Scion Space, Los Angeles, California
2008 Ed Trask and Jennifer O’Connell, Adam Cave Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina
2007 Red Door Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
2007 Wide Open, McCraig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2007 V.C.U arts Locker Project, Richmond, Virginia
2006 Tribes Gallery, New York, New York
2006 Robert Rentz Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
2006 Open End Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2005 Small Works, Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
2004 Capital One (Permanent Collection Exhibition)/ Curated Culture, Richmond, Virginia
2003 Stress Fest, Emo’s, Austin, Texas 2003 Underground Artist Exhibition, Richmond, Virginia
2002 Egg Space, Richmond, Virginia
2000 Egg Space, Richmond, Virginia
1999 Artzilla, Artspace, Richmond, Virginia
1996 1708 Art Auction, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1991-1993 VIM Gallery, Richmond, Virginia


Dominion Power
Phillip and Fontain Minor
Capital One, Richmond, Virginia
Consortium, Two Richmond Plaza LLC, Richmond, Virginia
Play Inc.
GAP/ Old Navy
Fortune Magazine
Phillip Morris
Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce


Dominion Power
Ducati International
Virginia Elevator
International Roofing
Butler and Williams
Style Magazine
Inside Business


2011 Partners in the arts, mural, Florianopolis Brazil
2010 Relevant, Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah
2010 Virginia Commonwealth University, Mass Communications Department


“Insiders, Outsiders, Middle,” Juxtapoz, august 2008
“Scion Space show,“ L.a.Weekly August 2008
“ Perfect Day,” Giant Robot, 2008
“On Exhibit Feature,” Juxtapose, May 2003
“Snapshot,” Stop Smiling, August 2003
“Ed Trask,” Giant Robot, Summer 2003
64 Magazine, 2000, Janet Giampetra
“Brush With the Law,” Style Magazine, August 1997
Time Out Amsterdam, June 1992