Wayne Trapp

Wayne Trapp


Trapp the sculptor has worked in stone and steel for years, creating lavish--even colossal--outdoor pieces for corporate clients and smaller more particular pieces for his private clientele. His hands, his shoulders, are sore, sensitive, the scars of sculpting, but he can no more give it up than he can give up breathing. He avows that now he sculpts only by commission, but if a fine piece of stone presents itself or a flash of metal catches his eye or a woman turns her head just so, or if the moon is right, well... the dance begins.     


Trapp the painter, emerged full-blown from the stone carver, took what he could not say in bronze and marble and let go with it in oil and ink on canvas and paper. His oils deliver to the eye a feast of color and stroke saturated with childlike curiosity and adult confidence. Not for the meek, his work aims at the alive and well, begging appetite, thirst, and desire. His fabled nudes in ink and wash on handmade paper are simple lines curving and soaring to become women of sophistication and style, women with secrets, women known or would like to know.           


With unbridled energy and an insatiable passion for everything that crosses his path, Trapp forever seeks interchange, new ground, and a good time.


"For me, my art is a combination of many things - two of which stand out. First, I've always believed it necessary to have dreams, at times bigger than life, and then to make those dreams become a reality (many of my large corporate sculptures are examples). To look at a raw piece of marble, or a sheet of steel, or an empty canvas and dream of what it could be, and then transform it from a dream to a tangible form - this is what I live for.


"Secondly, to always remain curious and surprised by all things and thoughts. This very curiosity propels me to invent, to make, to do, to create my art. There is a joy of innocent wonder that children possess which sadly enough we tend to lose as we grow older. Why and How and Wow??? Shedding all preconceived notions we learn to accept as adults, I try to look at only the colors, the light, the shapes of the world around me and turn this into art."


Trapp received his BFA from Ohio State University. He also studied at the Pratt Institute, the Art Students League, and The Institute of Art in Pittsburgh. His bold and exuberant works grace innumerable public and private collections.



Museum Collections


Hickory Museum of Art — Hickory, NC

Hunter Museum — Chattanooga, TN

The Mint Museum — Charlotte, NC

William King Regional Art Ctr — Abingdon, VA

Polk Museum, Lakeland, FL



Coporate Collections


AT&T Corporate Office — Raleigh, NC

ARMCO — Pittsburgh, PA

Central Carolina Bank — Winston-Salem, NC

Cundy, Inc — Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Durham Research Properties — Durham, NC

First Union National Bank — Charlotte, NC

First Union National Bank — Durham, NC

G. T. E.

Gaston Memorial Hospital — Gastonia, NC

Georgia Pacific — Atlanta, GA

Goodwill Industries  — Raleigh, NC

Humana Corporation — Louisville, KY

Hyatt Hotel — San Juan, Puerto Rico

Ingersoll Rand Corporation

Lindsay Henderson Interiors — Ohio

Linville Ridge Country Club — Linville, NC

MCI — Altanta, Georgia

Media Impulse Agency — Frankfurt, Germany

Midrex Corporation

New York Times — New York, NY

NCNB (Now BankofAmerica) — Charlotte, NC

Northern Telecom — TN

Presbyterian Hospital — Matthews, SC

Riverfront Properties — Chicago, IL

RJR IntÕl — New York, NY and London, England

Rodgers Builders Corporation — Charlotte, NC

Ray Killian Corporation — Charlotte, NC

Sheraton Hotels

Steel Chase Corporation — MI

Tennessee Valley Authority — Chattanooga, TN

US Air Corporate Headquarters — Charlotte, NC

USX Corporation — Pittsburgh, PA

Unicom Corporation — Altanta, GA

United Parcel Service — Atlanta, GA

Watauga Savings & Loan — Boone, NC

West Chase Development — Raleigh, NC



Public Commisions


City of Amerang — Austria

City of Columbus — Ohio

Findlay High School — Cleveland, Ohio

Greensboro NC Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Mayfield High School — Cleveland, Ohio



University Sites


Appalachian State University — Boone, NC

Delta State University — Cleveland, MS

Duke University (Spring 03) — Durham, NC

Lees McRae College — Banner Elk, NC

North Carolina Central University

Ohio State Univeristy — Columbus, Ohio

St. Lawrence College — New York

University of North Carolina

   Health & Science Library — Chapel Hill, NC

UVA Wise University — Wise, VA

Kron Medical College

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