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  • Writer's picturePeggy Nichols

Trine Churchill, an artist who's work explores a femoral daydream of time, movement and memory...

Updated: May 15, 2021

'Song of the Open Road' acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 inches

TRINE CHURCHILL is a Los Angeles-based, contemporary painter from Copenhagen, Denmark. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Churchill has also studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France.

She has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions with Nancy Margolis in New York, NY Hübner + Hübner in Frankfurt, Germany and George Billis in Los Angeles, California.


'Aanjali and Aanokhi', acrylic on canvas, 16 x 16 inches

'The following six paintings (below) are 6 out of 33 works from my portrait project called Together Now. I started the series of works when the pandemic first hit and everything was locked down.

I sent out a call for people to send me photos from their daily lives in the pandemic. From those submitted photos, I then paint a painting based on the image I received, which is a 16 x 16 inches acrylic on canvas, mounted on panel. I offer the participants a free 10 x 10 archival print as a thank you gesture for participating, and an option to buy the original if they so choose.

From April 2020 till May 2021 I have been working on this series of portraits of friends to strangers alike. While at first I believed this was a project to give people something positive to do and participate in, and also with my personal wish to document this historical time; in the end the project became really what kept me sane throughout this year.

I had to keep going. I had to continue with a routine. It’s been an incredibly rewarding project to do.

Now, I am looking forward to the completion of the series. I am planning to publish a book of all the portraits, which will include some of the voices behind the paintings, as I have been able to get quite a few of the participants to submit their thoughts about what they experienced this past year.'

Before the pandemic, my paintings were inspired by photos from my own person life and experience. Many paintings have started out by the use of a black and white photo, from my family’s photo albums. Examples, such as In 'The Intoxicating Company of Sisters', 'The Rush of The River', and 'This World Was Made for Dreaming'.

I also continue to get inspiration from my current life, and traveling. I often look for a moment “out there” and snap a quick photo with my phone. These snap shots are what I base my watercolor journals on, such as

'Arts et Métiers' from a trip to Paris, and 'After School Poets', from my neighborhood, walking by Marshall High.'


'The World Was Made For Dreaming', acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

'I am a Danish painter living and working in Los Angeles, California but I was born and raised in a small town called Niva, just north of Copenhagen, in Denmark.

My Dad was a cartoonist and growing up in a family of dreamers, imagination was a natural way of communicating between us. I took it for granted then, but have since discovered that our dinner table conversations of riffing and making up stories were not the norm.

What this dynamic lacked in real-life preparedness; it made up plenty for in booming the artist that I am today.

The art training early on defined my purpose, but the real work is everyday, as a new blank canvas asks of you to forget everything you know and to keep growing.'

'In The Intoxicating Company Of Sisters', acrylic and oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches


'Rush Of The River', watercolor, color pencil and ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches

'El Rey', oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches


'Amanda Gorman', watercolor, acrylic and color pencil on paper, 12 x 9 inches

'The profile of a young African American woman divides the page in half, leaving a side of darkness behind her while the space in front of her is full of light. Her yellow jacket alone flares up in the night of the divided page. Her head - lowered introspectively as she shares the words of her soul with an audience of all - is majestically holding her to her own poem - stepped out of the shade, bravely attesting to "a new dawn blooming." I - like so many others - was mesmerized by Amanda Gorman as she was reciting her poem The Hill We Climb during the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris. The words carried much needed oxygen for hope and perseverance as we walk into our future of still much to come and still much to mend.'

Trine Churchill, in her studio.

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