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The boy king of pop

Troy Gua
Seattle, WA

About the Artist

A child of 1970’s and 1980’s America, Troy did Elvis impersonations for his parents’ friends and dressed as Elton John—custom-made satin jumpsuit and all—for Halloween. He saw every Star Wars movie on opening day, discovered why girls were different than boys when he saw Olivia Newton-John on the big screen in Grease, and never missed an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man. American pop culture—rock stars, advertising, packaging, Hollywood, fast food, the internet, Facebook, and reality television—shaped Troy’s life and personal development, and has become a vital component of his creativ…

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About the Artist

A child of 1970’s and 1980’s America, Troy did Elvis impersonations for his parents’ friends and dressed as Elton John—custom-made satin jumpsuit and all—for Halloween. He saw every Star Wars movie on opening day, discovered why girls were different than boys when he saw Olivia Newton-John on the big screen in Grease, and never missed an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man. American pop culture—rock stars, advertising, packaging, Hollywood, fast food, the internet, Facebook, and reality television—shaped Troy’s life and personal development, and has become a vital component of his creative process.

Encouraging closer investigation, Troy’s resin-coated and highly lustrous work is reflective, both literally and metaphorically. Within it, one sees our mainstream culture, Troy’s personal fascination with it as well as his desire to become part of it. It is suggestive of the slickly wrapped bits and bytes of information we are continuously fed. What do we choose to see? What do we choose to show?

Troy consistently produces accessible and engaging conceptual work in a wide range of media, marrying the commercial and contemporary, conveying a glossy design aesthetic with a keen sense of humor. His subject matter deals with the investigation and layering of identities, cultural critique and commentary, and the universal human need for recognition.

Artist’s Work

The amazing graces
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The Amazing Graces

By Troy Gua

The davids
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The Davids

By Troy Gua

The dons
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The Dons

By Troy Gua

The mickey mao
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The Mickey Mao

By Troy Gua

The baltimoreans edgar allan poe john waters
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The Baltimoreans (Edgar Allan Poe + John Waters)

By Troy Gua

Im so fancy
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I'm So Fancy

By Troy Gua

La dada gaga
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La Dada Gaga

By Troy Gua

The brains and the beauty
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The Brains and The Beauty

By Troy Gua

Are we not zen
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Are We Not Zen?

By Troy Gua

The elton john wayne
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The Elton John Wayne

By Troy Gua

Made in heaven
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Made in Heaven

By Troy Gua

The boy king of pop
Troy gua

The Boy King of Pop

By Troy Gua

The evolution will be televised
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The Evolution Will Be Televised

By Troy Gua

The mona lisa marie
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The Mona Lisa Marie

By Troy Gua

Selected Exhibitions

  • Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery
    Cleveland, OH, 2013
  • SOIL Gallery
    Seattle, WA, 2011
  • Monarch Contemporary
    Seattle, WA, 2010
  • Seattle Art Museum Gallery
    Seattle, WA, 2009
  • Vermillion Gallery
    Seattle, WA, 2009

Press and Accolades

  • Seattle Magazine: 2011 Spotlight Award Winner - "Pop Eye" by Bond Huberman
    September, 2011
  • Weekly Volcano - 2010 In Review: The Best South Sound Art Shows of 2010 by Alec Clayton
    January, 2011
  • Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 10 - Front Cover Art, Juror Dina Deitsch, Assistant Curator at the deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, Lincoln, MA
    Spring, 2010