The Future of Painting

6 works on canvas by Roger Guise.

Roger was born in Invercargill in 1955 and is a graduate of the Canterbury School of Fine Arts in Christchurch which he attended from the mid 1970s and where he studied under some of New Zealand’s leading painters of that period including; Rudy Gopas, Don Peebles and William Sutton.

He exhibited widely in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s and was noted for a strong series of works based on aviation and weaponry themes.

Roger is well known for his work in New Zealand’s film industry as a production designer and art director and has worked on some notable New Zealand films including ‘World’s Fastest Indian’ and historical documentary / dramas such as ‘Shackleton’s Captain’. Throughout his working life he has maintained a disciplined painting practice in his studio in Auckland and created different series of paintings that have evolved from the streamlined works referred to above to works based on landscape themes.

His early influences included everything from the comic cover art of the 1960’s to the illustrative work of artists such as Don Lawrence and Angus McBride that adorned the British weekly educational magazine ‘Look and Learn’. Art school influences included the hard edge abstraction and Pop art that had evolved in America in the 60s and 70s featuring artists like Barnett Newman and Ed Ruscha.

In more recent years landscape subjects imagined through a veil of history have been combined with a return to more illustrative painting techniques. A lessening of the ideals of precise detail and devoted accuracy has allowed an atmospheric and suggestive impressionism to emerge in the 6 works exhibited here which are a selection from work completed over the last fifteen years.

( Graham Snowden 30-4-2018 )

( Media – oil paint, oil based enamel and collage on un-stretched canvas. The canvas is mounted on archival board in framing with non reflective glass. )