David Trout is a South African artist, currently based in Melbourne. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Michael is School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He later won a scholarship to study in the United States, where he completed a Master of Fine Arts at Southern Illinois University in 1988.
Trout's painting is defined by its preoccupation with formal concerns, most notably compositional structure andthe interplay of colour. For Trout, the essence of abstraction lies in the ability of these elements to combine in a manner that encapsulates a particular moment. In this way, Trout's workreferences situations borne out in his past, allowing abstractionto function as the re-presentation of memory.