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Marc Trujillo
American painter Marc Trujillo depicts in his paintings places that are omnipresent in American urban and suburban landscapes such as gas stations, shopping malls, big chain stores, and restaurants. Born in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1966, he currently resides in Los Angeles. He received his B.A. in 1991 from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.F.A. in 1994 from the Yale University School of Art, where he received the Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Prize as well as the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Trust Fellowship. In 2001, Mr. Trujillo received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and in 2008 he received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He shows with Hirschl & Adler Modern in New York and his work can also be seen on Open

Entries by Marc Trujillo

Drive-Thru 2

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 1:52 PM

22050 Ventura Boulevard 9 x 12 inches, oil on panel

The Drive-Thru is a natural subject for me as I like to paint places that people don't go to be there, this one is a drive-thru pharmacy.

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The Influence of Andrew Forge

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 3:44 PM

Andrew Forge Fragment Torso III Oil on Canvas 44 x 36 inches

Andrew Forge was an influential painter and teacher for years at Yale among other places. His influence was formative for me and I know for many others as well. An ideal...

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The Influence of William Bailey

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 1:00 PM

William Bailey Citizen Among the Monuments, 45 x 57 1/2 inches, oil on linen 2013

William Bailey had a long and influential career as a teacher at Yale and continues to have a long and influential career as a painter. I always...

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The Upside of Art School

(14) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Peter Saul Brush Your Teeth, 160cm x 150cm acrylic on canvas

Art school is an easy and enjoyable target for satire and jokes. Most everyone I know has had some of the kind of experiences that fall into the way art school...

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Why You Need Painting to Say That Painting Is Dead

(7) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:22 PM

Marc Trujillo '14114 Vanowen Street' 42 x 74 inches oil on polyester over aluminum.

I'm a painter, so of course I find statements about the death of painting annoying, but also sloppy thinking, since painting is what it takes to be...

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Sketching at 30,000 Feet

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 4:22 PM

When I travel, I always have a sketchbook with me and I like doing small studies like this one in gouache.

Sketchbooks are a great way to reclaim your time when you are waiting....

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(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 3:01 PM

'10905 Riverside Drive' 8"x 12" oil on panel
This is the first Drive-Thru window I painted, I like places that people don't go to be there as subject matter and saw this as an opportunity to explore that, and have the...

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For Here

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 2:52 PM

'TN7' 11"x 15" oil on panel
This is a painting I did of an in-flight meal, the title is the flight number I was on when I had the meal. I wanted to do some still life paintings of cheap meals,...

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K-Mart Painting Working Process

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2014 | 1:47 AM

"Drawing for 1000 San Fernando Road"

Here's how I start a painting, with a grisaille in acrylic to work out the composition and distill what I'm interested in visually about what I want to paint, in this case the interior of a K-Mart...

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Taco Bell Day and Night

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 11:10 AM

'1604 S. La Brea Avenue' 12"x 11.5"

Sometimes I'll paint the same composition at different times of the day or night and see how a place can change more in minutes or hours than it does in years.

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Hot Dogs Under Glass

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 8:24 AM

'7950 Santa Monica Boulevard' 16"x 35" oil on linen over panel
If you look at the set of hot dogs in the lower right, the top one is the freshest, the one below it has been on the rollers the...

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Burbank Airport Painting

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:05 PM


Here's a new painting of the interior of the Burbank or 'Bob Hope' airport. The title is '2627 North Hollywood Way', the painting is 22"x41" oil on polyester over panel. I title my paintings with the street addresses of the places they depict...

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Marc Trujillo on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 3:35 AM

1053 Burbank Boulevard 24.5x30.75 2011 at Hirschl & Adler Modern New York

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Marc Trujillo on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 6:04 PM

3800 Barham Boulevard 44x66 2011 at Hirschl & Adler Modern New York

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Marc Trujillo on the ImageBlog

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 9:21 AM

15224 Vanowen Street 25x34 oil on polyester over panel 2012 at Hirschl & Adler Modern New York.

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Marc Trujillo on the ImageBlog

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 10:34 AM

6333 Commerce Road 24.75x23.5 oil on polyester over panel 2012 at Hirschl & Adler Modern New York >>About Marc Trujillo

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Detail of 6351 Sepulveda Boulevard

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 12:15 AM


Here's a detail of the first painting that was posted last week. I thought it would make it easier to see some of the figures going about their Jack in the Box business.

This is the kind of North American purgatory that interests...

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Marc Trujillo on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 10:47 AM

6351 Sepulveda Boulevard, 38X47 oil on polyester over panel, 2012 at Hirschl & Adler Modern New York

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