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Art building resilient cities

Roger Boyce

b. USA

Master Fine Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

RogerGreen Gable Showpony

Green Gable Show Pony, Acrylic on found book-cover, 2010.

High LowHigh Low, Acrylic, 2010

RockyRock to Hide a Face, Oil on Board, 110 x 1650 mm, 2013


Artist, critic and educator Roger Boyce is an expat American living and working in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has a long-established painting practice and occasionally writes criticism for Art in America, Sculpture, Art New Zealand and ARTNET, among others.

“Where I come from the only people who read visual art criticism and review are the artist, his dealer and the artist’s mother. My first loyalty (aside from my young son) is to artists wherever they might be geographically located.”

Artist statement

Wish in one hand. Crap in the other. Which hand is now fuller? The art world, with its treasure-house of pretense, is ripe for satire. Art about art is the leitmotif of 20th and 21st century art.

Boyce uses additive and subtractive methods to create marks and texture. For example, he may paint on a surface then scrape it back. He often paints onto found objects and incorporates text into his work.

Key Question

Describe an art movement or personality from history and discuss how you could apply humour or satire to it in the form of an artwork.


Satire, Painting in series, Art historical references, Illustrative, Humour, Text, Juxtaposition,                      Cynicism

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