30 July - 3 August 2008
about the exhibition
For over four decades, Robert Boynes has confirmed his place as the artist of the urban environment. Influenced by cinema and film noir imagery in particular, he juxtaposes images of public thoroughfares with other visual fragments to provide us with a narrative of a somewhat manipulated moment in time. His visual response to the world around him has always been an immediate and honest one and, in his paintings, layers of meaning exist somewhere between the abstract mark and the figurative image. Constantly obscuring our view and providing incomplete snapshots, Robert encourages the viewer to contemplate but, further to this engagement with his audience, he believes that he “above all, wants to make something that is beautiful”. He is a painter of ideas whose works, through there complete aesthetic resolution, have a commanding visual presence. With over 50 solo shows across Australia, the UK and USA. Robert’s work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, all Australian state galleries, Parliament House, Canberra, Artbank and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, USA).