Approaches to Oamaru
size: 1200 x 800 mm
media: watercolour and gold dust on canvas
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Exhibitions by Roger Mortimer
sydney contemporary 2017
marie le lievre | roger mortimer | ann shelton
7 - 10 september 2017
2 november - 3 december 2016
6 - 30 may 2015
roger mortimer & sam mitchell
30 april - 24 may 2014
south poetic party
26 february - 30 march 2013
24 may - 18 june 2011
mary-louise browne, elliot collins, roger mortimer, aimee-rose stephenson
words walking 2 march - 1 april 2010
apocrypha new paintings
16 june - 11 july 2009
Roger Mortimer's richly lacquered paintings derive inspiration from history and legend, from medieval texts, illuminated manuscripts, religious imagery and maps. Ancient and modern collide in surprising and surreal juxtapositions of the mythical and the high tech. As tales of the Holy Grail portray quests for wisdom, so too Mortimer's paintings variously described as "elegant" and "carefully rendered jewel-like images" represent his search for a personal cosmology to make sense of contemporary global turbulence. As viewers, we are drawn into the quest to decipher the clues, codes, symbols and signs depicted in his enchanting maps of enigmatic landscapes.
Critic John Hurrell has described Mortimer's work as "an allegorical scrambling of time and geography that pushes at the limits of the human imagination.
In 2014 Roger was the Paramount Award Winner in the Wallace Art Awards - one of New Zealand's top art awards. This provided a six-month artist residency with the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York. The judges said his work was "medieval in appearance and utterly contemporary contemporary in intent".
Roger has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland. He has been exhibiting for 15 years and has work in a range of public and private collections in New Zealand and Europe.