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Artist draws narratives from memory, imagination

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Published on November 6, 2017 4:54PM

Christopher Troutman draws comparisons between scenes where he resides in the Midwestern United States and Japan. The exhibit, ‘Drawn Narratives’ opens Thursday at Betty Feves Memorial Gallery in Pendleton.

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Christopher Troutman draws comparisons between scenes where he resides in the Midwestern United States and Japan. The exhibit, ‘Drawn Narratives’ opens Thursday at Betty Feves Memorial Gallery in Pendleton.


An international artist who gains inspiration from his experiences and observations of the two places he lives each year — the Midwestern United States and Japan — is featured in an upcoming exhibit at Betty Feves Memorial Gallery.

Christopher Troutman’s exhibit, “Drawn Narratives,” features large-scale, multi-sectioned drawings created using charcoal and ink depicting human figures in contemporary urban settings. Working from a combination of memory and imagination, some of the pieces illustrate the similarities and differences between the two locations he resides. He divides his drawings into multiple sections and uses shifting vantage points. In addition, his style is influenced by comic books.

The exhibit opens Thursday with a reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the gallery, which is located in Pioneer Hall at Blue Mountain Community College, 2411 N.W. Carden Ave., Pendleton. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

While Troutman is unable to attend the opening reception, BMCC writing students will read poems they have written, which were inspired by the artist’s drawings.

Troutman received a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting from California State University Long Beach and a bachelor’s degree in drawing and painting from Bradley University in Illinois. For more about his work, visit http://christophertroutman.weebly.com.

The Betty Feves Memorial Gallery is a nonprofit exhibit space that connects emerging and established artists with students, staff and the general public. The current exhibit runs through Thursday, Dec. 7. The gallery is open Monday through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or by appointment by calling 541-278-5952.



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