Weirdos and Misfits: Jonathan Trayte’s Colorful Modern Art

Friedman Benda presented new modern art from Jonathan Trayte at Design Miami 2019. The artist is known for creating functional furniture with an element of the absurd.

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Pairing natural forms with not-found-in-nature finishes, Trayte takes inspiration from food (a nod to his previous life as a chef), packaging, travel, and our global language of consumption. 

During Design Miami, the artist showed a pair of hot-pink cactus lamps, a radical- looking bird box, and a chaise lounge upholstered with various animal hides and woven poly cord. It’s an odd mix of colors and textures!

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“I’m drawn to the light of a bulb like an insect; its luminance and warmth is enticing, and I like to include one where I can. Maybe it has something to do with the temporary nature of the element within— an incandescent bulb will only last so long”

confesses Jonathan Trayte.

Jonathan Trayte‘s modern art was inspired by a road trip that the modern artist did last year, where he passed through amazing landscapes beautifully arid and dramatic. He had been dreaming with these landscapes for years, it was truly inspirational, confesses the artist.

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He says that for every single contemporary art piece, he starts with a drawing, then it leads to color, textures and patterns ideas. Trayte also confesses that usually, for his modern art, he already has something in mind, maybe inspired by a strange plant, tree, or succulent that he has seen whilst on a cycle trip through the mountains, or washed up on the beach.

Did you like this modern art?

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