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Doug Trump with his paintings in the exhibit “By Rail.”

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Artist Doug Trump to give free talk at BMAC

BRATTLEBORO—Artist Doug Trump will discuss his work in a free talk at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.

“Doug Trump: By Rail” is a suite of twelve intimately scaled abstract paintings, on view at BMAC through Feb. 9.

Trump repurposed window trim and sash boards from a studio improvement project as his painting ground. He covered the narrow boards with old Polaroid photographs, then layered a full range of energetic mark making, flowing brushwork, and color.

In a news release, BMAC Chief Curator Mara Williams said, “Although small, these works have a rugged physicality that invite us in for a closer look at their materials, their making, and their meaning. The paintings are imbued with a sense of place without directly describing landscapes or architectural settings.”

A resident of Marlboro, Trump is an artist, fiction writer, and poet. He has also worked as a creative writing teacher, medical technician, gas station attendant, dairy farm worker, saw mill laborer, and Boston & Maine Railroad switching yard clerk. Trump has received two painting fellowships through the Vermont Council on the Arts, and his work has been exhibited nationally.

For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit

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Originally published in The Commons issue #543 (Wednesday, January 8, 2020). This story appeared on page B4.

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