“Trate's existential works investigate the themes of being and becoming, yet they defy easy categorisation. Their elongated bodies and striated faces owe much to modernism of the early 20th century, while their sumptuous tertiary colouration is reminiscent of contemporary figurative painting.”
Tim Goossens, Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York
“A psychologist working in oils, his expressive paintings delve deep into the human psyche. He has a preoccupation with eyes and the gender-fluid figures in his work fix the viewer with a type of mirada fuerte…. Trate, a Canadian artist working in Spitalfields, London, paints haunting, elegant canvases.”
Alias Trate is a London-based Canadian artist, working under a pseudonym that refers to the human traits he paints. The signature on his figurative works is derived from a reimagined coin of Antonius Pius, the adoptive father of Marcus Aurelius, the Roman philosopher king. The coin displays a crowned, faceless bust encircled by the Latin inscriptions Fortem, Immortalem and MCMLXXIV.
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