Los Angeles based Jason Trotter spent almost two-decades working as one of Hollywood’s leading talent and fashion publicists who painted in his spare time. That all changed last year when Trotter started focusing on his bold geometric abstracts in earnest and made his artistic debut at Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair. What followed was a flood of commissions including a three-piece, 14-foot installation for designer Veronica Beard’s Melrose Place boutique, and 146 original artworks for Kelly Wearstler’s new Proper Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
A graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.A. in Communications, the self- taught painter was drawn to minimal hard-edged abstraction through the influence of Carmen Herrera, Ellsworth Kelly, Josef Albers, and Frank Stella. He has become sought after for his hard-edge painting technique that produces sharp lines with abrupt transitions between color areas and while his colors are chosen intuitively, his compositions are inspired by lines and forms observed in daily life and are intended to evoke an instinctual, physical reaction from observers rather than interpretive analysis.
FLANEUR: Explain your Flaneur bedding color selections…
JASON TROTTER: My bedroom had been done in very light neutrals for about six years. I was ready to shake it up and wanted to do something more dramatic, so I painted it black-off-black actually. I knew I wanted to incorporate pops of bold color with the art, accessories and bedding, so I chose Venetian Red, Coral and Nude Pink. I’ve been doing some work with Coral lately after Pantone announced it as 2019’s color of the year and the Nude Pink had been requested in several commissions I’ve done recently. Those two I came up with pretty quickly and decided that pairing them with a dark Venetian Red would round everything out nicely.
What is your favorite color and thing in that color and why?
I’m pretty fond of black, but every time I see an image of red umbrellas on a pristine white, sandy beach and turquoise water, I feel a pull to book some sort of getaway. It’s a compelling visual.
How would you define your style?
Eclectic. I love mixing things up: mixing textures, mixing metals, mixing modern and traditional. It’s fun to play around with furniture and art and objects until you get just the right balance.
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! Art books, design magazines but just out and about in daily life mainly. A shape of a shadow crossing a crack on the sidewalk might inspire an idea for a composition. It can be as random as that.
If you were a color, which one would you be and why?
I’m loving black right now. For wardrobe, black is chic, versatile…and slimming! And for decor, it’s also surprisingly versatile but adds some drama as well.
What was the last thing you bought for yourself?
I splurged on a gorgeous, black Saint Laurent shirt.
“I’m pretty fond of black…..for decor, it’s also surprisingly versatile but adds some drama as well.”
What’s your favorite room in your house and why?
I love being in the kitchen, but my living room gets such great light so it’s my favorite!
What’s on your bedside table?
Several books, my reading glasses, meditation stones and a Byredo candle.
Where is your dream travel destination?
JT: Copenhagen, Stockholm, Lima and The Maldives are all on the top of the list at the moment.