Tajh Rust

American, b. 1989

Tajh Rust is a painter and filmmaker who investigates the concept of representation, drawing on film and literary references. His environmental portrait paintings are framed in both interior and outdoor spaces and explore the relationships between black identity and space. Rust graduated from The Cooper Union in 2011 with a BFA in Painting and Film and from Yale University School of Art in 2019 with a MFA in Painting.

Tajh Rust - Paintings and Paintings

Works

Tajh Rust: Didi's Kids

Didi's Kids

Painting

2019

Oil on canvas

183,0 x 122,0 cm

Tajh Rust: In the Garden

In the Garden

Painting

2019

Oil on canvas

137,0 x 183,0 cm

Tajh Rust: Moonlight

Moonlight

Painting

2019

Oil on canvas

102,0 x 102,0 cm

Tajh Rust: Rückenfigur I

Rückenfigur I

Painting

2019

Oil on canvas

152,0 x 102,0 cm

Tajh Rust: Rückenfigur II

Rückenfigur II

Painting

2019

Oil on canvas

183,0 x 122,0 cm

Tajh Rust: Subject XI (Kenya)

Subject XI (Kenya)

Painting

2019

Oil on canvas

81,0 x 81,0 cm

Tajh Rust: Subject XII (Maria)

Subject XII (Maria)

Painting

2019

Oil on canvas

81,0 x 81,0 cm

Tajh Rust: Tabasky

Tabasky

Painting

2019

Oil on canvas

107,0 x 198,0 cm


Biography

Tajh Rust was born in 1989 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He graduated from The Cooper Union in 2011 with a BFA in Painting and Film and from Yale University in 2019 with a MFA in Painting. Rust's work have been exhibited across the USA, including at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, the Bronx Art Space, Rush Arts Philadelphia, and Artspace in New Haven in a group show with national and international contemporary artists whose work interrogates society's obsession with tradition, policing, and over-consumption.

Rust investigates the concept of representation and his environmental portrait paintings draw on film and literary references. He develops his portraits framed within both interior and outdoor spaces in collaboration with his subjects. While the portraits explore the relationship between black identity and space, he also works in multimedia assemblage investigating the lived experience and effects of American exceptionalism and whiteness in modern day America. Tajh Rust's most recent body of work is influenced by his experiences during his residency at Kehinde Wiley's Black Rock Senegal in Dakar. He lives and works in New Haven, USA.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2019

Group Exhibitions

2019

2018

2017

2016


Publications