25 March - 13 April 2010
about the exhibition
Precise composition, a formal sense of geometry, intriguing perspective and a unique tonal quality typify the landscapes and street scenes of Peter Boggs. Captivated by what is not seen, the ethereal quality and intimate nature of Peter’s paintings are exemplified by the total absence of human figures and the careful observation of shadows and light. Location is very important, but often quite an incidental choice as Peter is drawn to a scene’s fading light, architectural detail, or simply the accidental arrangement of shapes. “At one level I paint the visible world, but the real goal is more to do with metaphor than truth and actuality.” The viewer is drawn into an engagement with what is not shown, the implication of a reality separate from that which we initially see. Art critic Sasha Grishin says of Peter Boggs’ work, “ Each work is beautifully distilled and resolved geometrically and tonally, and where within the subdued palette there is a magical glowing inner luminosity.”
Born in New Zealand, Peter Boggs began his studies at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1969. In 1972, Peter furthered his studies with a Diploma of Teaching at the Auckland Secondary Teacher’s College and a Diploma of Fine Arts from Auckland University. Peter spent several years teaching painting and drawing in Spain, England and New Zealand, before moving to Australia in 1987. Peter has had over thirty exhibitions in New Zealand and Australia, and was a finalist in the McMillan Ford Art Award, Auckland and Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize, South Australia. Peter’s work is represented in various collections including Parliament House, Canberra; Kedumba Drawing Collection, NSW; News Limited; Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane; Telstra; NZ Education Board; Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand and the Ross Perot Collection, Texas, USA.