Peter Boggs: Trans­fig­ured Real­i­ties

SMaeslb­hoau iB­so­hoikns

Art Almanac - - Art In Aus­tralia -

The works of fig­u­ra­tive painter Peter Boggs favour the si­lence of de­serted towns and land­scapes, and empty rooms ren­dered in pre­vail­ing browns, pale olive greens and ochres, com­ple­mented by fil­tered light, shad­ows and ge­o­met­ri­cal pre­ci­sion. In ‘Trans­fig­ured Real­i­ties’, Sasha Gr­ishin ex­am­ines the artist’s style and tech­nique, his com­po­si­tion and ma­nip­u­la­tion of space to dis­cover new en­vi­ron­ments out­side the pic­ture frame – ac­ces­si­ble via an open door­way or win­dow. His un­in­hab­ited scenes are dis­tant yet fa­mil­iar with ‘a slightly dis­turb­ing sense of déjà vu,’ says Gr­ishin; ‘some­what un­canny’. The scenes il­lus­trat­ing the pages of this book, from his Boboli Gar­dens and laneways se­ries to silent streetscapes and dark in­te­ri­ors ac­cented by peer­ing sun­light, of­fer a deeper un­der­stand­ing of Boggs’ artis­tic oeu­vre.

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