About Trent Altman

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Trent’s Bio 

Trent Altman from Louisville, KY creates brilliant color and texture on canvas. Trent Altman is a Kentucky Juried Artist in the Kentucky Arts Council for 14 years. Trent Altman is represented in NYC by Agora Gallery, 2015 – 2017

Trent has representation at Sweet Art Gallery in Naples FL, 2013 – present

Altman’s art is an interpretation of matter while
consuming his environmental sense of sight, sound and scents. His paintings are beyond bold and dramatic. Altman’s use of multiple layers, and his distinctive style result in a monumental flow of intimately muted colors and 3 dimensional textures on canvas, writes Dr. Rosa Martinez. 

“The paintings of autistic artist Trent Altman are richly evocative of the experience of being outdoors: the roughness of sand, the salt of a sea breeze, and the blue of a cloudless sky can all be deeply felt in his work. It’s no surprise, then, that Altman is most inspired by the beauty in nature. By employing sumptuous pigments and experimenting with unconventional materials to create texture, Altman conveys his own experiences in a clear and direct way that demands the attention of his audience.” writes Agora Gallery, NYC

Artistically “Altman’s images are transformed into [the] patterns High Analytical Cubism of Picasso and George Braque… It is a calm world transformed by metaphysical beauty and created by poets such as John Donne and George Herbert. Altman’s aesthetics has joined this group of visual and literary artists… [and is] your visual guide of human emotions, dancing to the universal rhythms of nature on another dimension,” writes Yvonne Mikulencak, M.F.A, and retired art history professor

Altman is a 17- time internationally awarded visual artist. Some include: the art design for the 2012-United Nations Stamp, 2012; Strokes of Genius, Inc Artist Achievement Award, 2012; McCarton Foundation NYC Artist Award Honoree; the Internationally Naturally People’s Awards INAP, 2013, and a documentary “An Art for Expression” made about Altman’s art making was nominated to the national Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for an Emmy Award, 2014. He has gallery representation in Canada, Naples, FL., Louisville, KY, and Nashville, TN.

Artist Statement

“In my studio, on tables in my backyard, or on the beach on a sunny day, give me the opportunity and I will spring into the most genuine pleasure I know: painting.

Standing in front of a clean canvas, I consider with anticipation and choose from many different color options. Once I feel compelled, I take a deep breath and begin. I feel my way with a brush or other tools swiping the canvas. When I capture a pure emotion, I revel with a burst of excitement, my voice rumbles, or I may hum or sing. While scraping the jagged surface, I get more enthusiastic from moment to moment until my canvas has been completely finished to my expectations.”

CV Updated: March 2017

Trent Altman, Expressionistic and Abstract Artist 

International Award Winning Visual Artist of Contemporary and Expressionistic Paintings

Curriculum Vitae www.trentsstudio.com  502.417.6063

  1. GALLERIES REPRESENTING ALTMAN, CURRENT & PAST
  2. ART HONORS, 2003-2015, NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY

3. EMMY NOMINATED, A DOCUMENTARY: ART FOR EXPRESSION

  1. PERMANENT PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS

5. PROFESSIONAL ART CRITIQUES 

6. SUMMARIZED FINE ART SHOW EXHIBITS

  1. PUBLICATIONS ABOUT ALTMAN”S ART MAKING
  2. LICENSED IMAGES TO NUMEROUS NONPROFIT AND FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS FOR USE IN MATERIALS AND LOGOS. ==============================================================================

 1. GALLERIES REPRESENTING ALTMAN, CURRENT & PAST

Agora Gallery, NYC 2015 – 2017 2015 – 2017: Representation by Agora Gallery, NYC. Artist exhibition Sept. 16 – October 6, Artist Reception, Sept. 17.

Sweet Art Gallery, Naples, FL. 2013 – present: Exhibitions: April 6, 2016 April 17, 2015 & February 21, 2014  Group Art Shows.  Altman has attracted art sales from 20 art collectors in Naples, Fl.. 

SCHMIDLIN STUDIO & GALLERY Louisville, KY – 2014 – 2015

Windows at the Water, Sechelt, British Columbia. 2013 – 2015

Gallery 10 Seventy, Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center, Louisville, KY, Cooperative Art Gallery, 2008-2009

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY, 2004-present

Natural Selection Gifts, Nashville, TN. 2005

LionheART Gallery, Louisville, KY, 2004-2008.

Taste of Kentucky, Mall St. Matthews, Louisville, KY. 2004-2006.

Headhouse Antiques, Middletown, KY. 2004 – 2007.

Zark’s Fine Design Gallery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, 2004-2008.

Jasper Wall Studio, Dayton, OH, 2004-2007.

2. ART HONORS, 2003-2015, NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY 

June 18th, 2017 Accepted into (BWAC), Brooklyn’s artist-run org.. #Exhibit: May 13th – June 18th, 2017.

2016 April, Sugar Art for Autism. World Awareness Day. Received the honor of having three international cake designers make cakes inspired by Altman’s paintings. Autism Awareness Month. http://americancakedecorating.com/sugar-art-for-autism/

May 17, 2016. Solo Art Exhibition. University Club, University of Louisville. 

June 14 – July 5, 2016 Trent Altman exhibition. Pathway to Abstraction. Reception: Thursday June 16, 2016 6-8 PM

2015- Kentucky Arts Council awarded Trent Altman as the visual artist for the month in the state of Kentucky, June 2015.

2013 Altman was the winner of ANCA’S INTERNATIONALLY NATURAL AUTISTIC PEOPLE’S (INAP) AWARDS, for visual arts category. Altman was awarded the global artist out of 17 countries. Altman attended the award ceremony with his family in British Columbia, October 4, 2013. Altman accepted the honor to be the USA Autism Ambassador representing his town, his state, and his country. 

2013 – Altman accepted the title and role as Autism Ambassador for the United States of America representing his town, his state, and his country for the INAP awards and festival.

2013- SPACE OPERA SOCIETY, will use Trent’s art in nearly all of their sci-fy productions, series and movies in Hollywood. 

2013 Valerie Trimble at the Kentucky Education Television produced a documentary, An Art for Expression, about Trent Altman’s art making. The film was nominated for an Emmy, at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. (#1808) Lucille Sharp/Crittenden-Our Town/Northern Kentucky Fort Towns/Trent Altman

2012 Altman received the UNITED NATIONS AWARD WINNING ARTIST of THE AUTISM AWARENESS STAMP. Altman’s image Abstract Garden II was chosen for a stamp. He was one of two artists chosen from the U.S and one of eight chosen around the globe. A series of postage stamps were launched in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. U.N. Postal Administration, printed 1 million of the stamps to be sold at the United Nations: New York, Geneva, and Vienna. 

2012 Altman with other artists were honored at a ceremony held at the UN Headquarters in New York. The UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-Moon dedicated the Autism Awareness stamps for World Autism Awareness Day at the Autism Speaks Panel discussion.

2012 (October) Honoree of the McCarton Foundation NYC Event & exhibitor in group show with world re-known artist Steven Wiltshire at the Edison Ballroom. 

2012- Strokes of Genius Group Art Show- United Nations Building, April 1, 2012. 

2012 (October) Honoree of the McCarton Foundation NYC Event & exhibitor in group show with world re-known artist Steven Wiltshire. Held at the Edison Ballroom. 

Received Numerous awards and honors including Kentucky Juried Artist in The Kentucky Arts Council.

3. EMMY NOMINATED, A DOCUMENTARY: ART FOR EXPRESSION (about Trent Altman, the Artist)

2013 Valerie Trimble at the Kentucky Education Television produced a documentary, An Art for Expression, about Trent Altman’s art making. The film was nominated for an Emmy, at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. (#1808) Lucille Sharp/Crittenden-Our Town/Northern Kentucky Fort Towns/Trent Altman

3. EMMY NOMINATED, A DOCUMENTARY: ART FOR EXPRESSION (about Trent Altman, the Artist), cont.

2014 – The Emmy Nominated film, ‘Art for Expression’ a documentary about Altman’s art making, produced by Valerie Trimble from Kentucky Education Television (KET) was screened at the Golden Door Film Festival in Jersey City, New Jersey. September 16 – 21. Altman had an art exhibit at the screening.

  1. PERMANENT PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS

2016 – Lee Specialty Clinic in Louisville, KY. Oversized painting in conference room.

2014 December – 2015 January- Port Authority Art Exhibit in NYC. Exhibited 6 oversized paintings at the Port Authority in NYC. Represented by Dr. Rosa Martinez.

2014 Village Green Hills in Nashville purchased numerous oversized paintings for display in the lobby of a new upscale development. 

 

2007 – 2015 Los Angeles CA Beacon Day School,.

2014 Louisville, KY, Meitinger Tower, Fourth Street.

2012, McCarton Foundation NYC

2011–University of Louisville Autism Center at Kosair Charities purchased 15 pieces of artwork for display throughout the new center.

2015 — Petaling Jaya Malysia Bright Stars, School for Children with Autism, Marissa Ali, Founder and Principal. 

2012 —St Peter’s Episcalpal

2012–Lexington, KY. Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library at University of Kentucky, 

2013–Lexington, KY., Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky.

2007 – 2015 –Los Angeles, CA Beacon Day School,.

2008, 2013– Louisville, KY., Cassis Aesthetics Center for Women

2006 – present Kentucky Arts Council, Frankfort, KY

2013–St. Peter’s Church, Paris, KY

2006 – present, the late Dr. Bradstreet Wellness Center, LLC. Melborne, FL.

2010 – present, Dr. Raphael Kellman, MC., NYC

5. PROFESSIONAL ART CRITIQUES 

“Trent Altman does not re-enact ‘The Embarkation for Cythera’ by Jean-Antoine Watteau, but guides the viewer  further through the Isle of gods, via his paintings.  His style is based on the form of Watteau, in a combined style of impasto impressionism, synthetic cubism, and color contrast for energetic communication of focal points. The energy impact of all three styles as non objective art captured Oscar Wilde’s “Nature copying Art.” (Preface of Dorian Grey), and transfixes and comforts the viewers, through their language with nature, into an imaginative and innovative world of the gods by art.  

5. PROFESSIONAL ART CRITIQUES, cont.

Altman’s work is strong on the physical texture of paint and objects by conforming them to his world. Indeed, a match, as well as, a new approach to the combined worlds of artists styles, like the impressionists : Monet’s broken color, Pissarro’s pattern of broken color, and Van Gogh’s impasto.   Altman’s images are transformed into patterns of Cubism and High Analytical Cubism of  Picasso and George Braque, translating the imaginative form of Watteau’s metaphysical world. He has combined what many artists, in the past, used on a singular basis. 

The viewer is taken on a tour, of a new metaphysical world, with the comfort of timelessness, and patterns from objects of nature, working together. It is a calm world transformed by metaphysical beauty and created by poets such as John Donne and George Herbert.  Altman’s  aesthetics has join this group of visual and literary artists, on a strong plain on the Isle of Cythera, as your visual guide of human emotions, dancing to the universal rhythms of nature on another dimension.”

 ~  Yvonne Mikulencak, M.F.A and Retired Art History Professor

“Trent’s expressionistic style and career history have proven him to be not only a very credible but a well respected artist. In the style of abstract expressionism his paintings are quite captivating. His play with colours and shapes makes you linger, makes you wonder. The texture is also captivating with his use of mixed media. I feel like I’m entering Trent’s soul each time I immerse myself in one of his works.” 

Sonia Sugavau (Documentary Filmmaker)

“Trent Altman’s paintings are confident and original. Impressive work.” 

Nicholas Treadwell (owner Treadwell Gallery, Aigen, Austria).

  1. SUMMARIZED FINE ART SHOW EXHIBITS

Has been accepted and sold art in 11 different solo art shows, both fundraisers and galleries, 2003 – present. Has been invited into nearly 20 different group art shows, 2003 – present; and accepted and participated in hundreds of juried fine art shows. 2003 – present.

7. PUBLICATIONS ABOUT ALTMAN”S ART MAKING

2016 –Trent Altman was acknowledged in AgoraGallery.com. Artist Awards and Recognitions blog post. NYC, TOKYO, LONDON AND MORE: ARTIST AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

2013 — Coffee table book images of Trent’s original paintings aside with short stories and poetry written by Jackie Marquette, currently writing chapters for publication SkyHorse Publishing.

2013 — Art and Independence. Kentucky Homes and Gardens. pg. 30 – 33. A four-page layout article about Trent and images of his original paintings. September/October 2013, Volume 10 Issue 5.

2012--Mind Eye Artist. Two page spread of Trent’s painting Abstract Garden II in Autism File Feb-March 2013 Issue 48.

2011, Autistic, but So Artistic: Published in the Courier-Journal on May 11 and nationally in the Gannet.

2010, Fall Article–Recovering Emotional Well-Being through Art Making: for Teens and Young Adults with ASD, Autism File Magazine, written by Jackie M. Marquette Ph.D.

2010, July. Article– Trent Altman Dazzles Chicago With His Art. In Chicago Now. Written by Kersten Rojas. A Celebration of Trent Altman: Exceptional Artist with Soul.

7. PUBLICATIONS ABOUT ALTMAN”S ART MAKING, cont.

2010 Coffee Table Book–The Art of Autism – shattering seven myths of autism through the voices and art of those on the spectrum. 148-page full-color book. Trent Altman with over 50 artists. Published by Autism Today.

March 2009, Trents Studio Newsletter, artwork.

Spring 2009, Volume 2, Issue 4, Office if Vocational Rehabilitation Review Employer, Spotlight Presents Meijer’s Corporation Demonstrates Unique Flexibility

2005–Burba, P. The final stretch. Courier Journal, Friday, April 29, p. 18.

2004–Ritchie, C. Autistic artist discovered a love of acrylic. Courier Journal, Friday, September 17, p. 13-14,.

  1. LICENSED IMAGES TO NUMEROUS NONPROFIT AND FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS FOR USE IN MATERIALS AND LOGOS.

Goodwill, Long Island Autism Conference, Ridgewood Baptist Church, Crisis and Prevention, (CPI ) international, and the Presbyterian Church, Kentucky Speech and Hearing Association, Autism One, Gifted Artists Records, CA, Eddie Tuduri.