Approaches to Waitangi
size: 700 x 750 mm
media: watercolour, gold dust and acrylic lacquer on canvas
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Exhibitions by Roger Mortimer
tiwai 7 march - 7 april, 2018
sydney contemporary 2017
marie le lievre | roger mortimer | ann shelton 7 - 10 september 2017
2 november - 3 december 2016
te waha 6 - 30 may 2015
roger mortimer & sam mitchell
30 april - 24 may 2014
south poetic party
26 february - 30 march 2013
the messenger 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 has been described as a contemporary visual mythologist. In his paintings beauty and barbarity combine as he grapples with the timelessness of the big issues of history and humanity. Medieval graphic imagery, set on a backdrop of marine charts, resonates with contemporary global issues to suggest both psychological and political readings.
Mortimer's paintings variously described as "elegant" and "carefully rendered jewel-like images" represent his search for a personal cosmology to make sense of global turbulence. As viewers, we are drawn into the quest to decipher the clues, codes, symbols and signs depicted in his intriguing maps of enigmatic landscapes.
In 2014 Mortimer was the Paramount Award Winner in the Wallace Art Awards - one of New Zealand's two top art awards - with the judge describing his work as "medieval in appearance and utterly contemporary contemporary in intent".
In 2017, a survey exhibition was shown in public galleries in Wellington and Auckland. Mortimer has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland and has work in a range of public and private collections in New Zealand and Europe.