Roger Boyce: The Illustrated History of Painting

13 August – 14 November 2010

In this ambitious new 100-work series, Christchurch artist Roger Boyce reimagines the history of painting as a tragicomedy packed with stunts, mishaps and wild endeavours.

 

In most ‘Illustrated Histories', the story of art plays out as a succession of styles and art movements. But in this new series, Christchurch painter Roger Boyce reimagines the history of his chosen medium as a succession of outrageous stunts, tragicomic mishaps and wild endeavours. His Illustrated History takes satiric aim at everything from art criticism and abstract painting to the myth of the artist as hero.

 

Boyce's series – 100 paintings in total, each one exquisitely rendered in glowing oil paint – is a work of serious comic ambition.