The Wonderful World of Trip Park
"I think the point with every painting is to find the inherent drama in each thing we’re trying to paint and then bring that out, in a huge way." - Trip Park
Trip Park considers himself a relative newcomer to the art world. With an illustrious career as an art director for several well-respected advertising firms already behind him he says that he was always curious about what it would be like to be on the other side of that process; in the artists studio instead of looking in from the outside. Even with this "draw of the dark side" as he calls it, Trip didn't consider becoming an artist until his wife asked him to paint some pieces for her lifestyle and design boutique. After that he was hooked.
Horseshoe Path - 24x24
Trip's star rose quickly. Before leaving the world of business entirely in order to pursue art full time, Trip was tapped by Blue Sky Studios to serve as a character designer. During this period he helped design commercials for everyone from AT&T to McDonalds. Realizing that the world of animation wasn't truly his passion, Trip quit the industry and elected to start a career in painting and making art full time.
Rowdy Racquet - 16x36
Using his background in advertising as a platform off of which to launch his own creative endeavors, Trip's work is graphic and colorful with a free-spirited element of play that appeals to adults and children alike. His work grabs attention wherever it is hung, and is most memorable for the free brushwork and eye-catching color palette. Most of his work is acrylics on canvas but Trip is not afraid to mix in elements of the untraditional to enliven his works (glitter for example). Trip's philosophy is a simple one - make art that people want to look at. While astonishingly prolific, his process is methodical, with pieces going from ideas to mock-up digital sketches to full works of art in as little as a day or two.
Country Buoys - 48x24 Cruisin Oars - 24x72
In addition to being prized by many collectors, Trip's work has been featured in over 16 children's books. He currently lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina.