Tristan Unrau


Tristan Unrau is Los Angeles-based artist whose work explores universal themes such as the passage of time, love, curiosity, playfulness, and sorrow. Known for an expansive practice that does not privilege any single genre of image making, Unrau draws upon art history, cinema, philosophy, and personal experience to create richly layered and highly associative works—reminding viewers of art’s unique capacity to help us reimagine the world. ⁣

Raised in Vancouver, (b. 1989), Unrau received a MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (2017) and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2012).⁣

Unrau has held recent solo shows at 56 Henry (New York), Towards (Toronto) and Unit 17 (Vancouver). His work has been included in group exhibitions at Kasmin Gallery (New York); The Flag Art Foundation (New York) ; The Power Plant (Toronto); Vancouver Art Gallery; as well as Clint Roenisch (Toronto).

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Selected Artworks

Five Figures, 2022

Oil on Linen

Aghast, with open eyes, 2022

Oil on linen

If I had a hundred years, 2022

Oil on Linen

World Weariness, 2022

Oil on Linen

Vinny, 2020

Oil on Oil Paper

The Hard Path, 2020

Oil on Canvas

Durations, 2020

Oil on Canvas

50 Million Years, 2022

Oil on Oil Paper


Tristan Unrau 50 Million Years