WHEN : 8th June – 7th July
WHERE : Philip Bacon Galleries
Giorgio de Chirico once famously observed that “Although the dream is a very strange phenomenon and an inexplicable mystery, far more inexplicable is the mystery and aspect our minds confer on certain objects and aspects of life.” Peter Boggs is an artist who discovers realities beyond those which first meet the eye – he celebrates in his art a mysterious otherness.
Boggs rhetorically states “I’ve never liked the idea of 200 people seeing one of my pictures at the same time.” Indeed, he generally works on a modest scale where you are invited to contemplate and meditate on an image. They are not paintings with what Andy Warhol called a high “wow” factor. They don’t scream at you from the walls, but if you pause and look into them the rewards are considerable.
Boggs is a figurative tonal painter, where Morandi and Hopper would be two international parallels and Jeffrey Smart, an Australian counterpart. He is increasingly regarded as a ”painter’s painter”, which is basically code for saying that fellow artists regard him highly and will seek out his work.
Image : Peter Boggs, Which way now? (Boboli Gardens), 2013, oil on canvas, 60 x 81 cm