Roger Mortimer

Roger Mortimer was born in Mangakino, New Zealand in 1956. Since graduating with a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts in 1999, Mortimer has exhibited regularly in Auckland and Wellington. His work was included in the Artspace shows Flesh and Fruity and After Killeen (2001) in Auckland, Portraiture (2003) at Te Tuhi, Pakuranga, and High Chair (2005) at ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland.

In 2014 he was the Paramount winner of the Wallace Art Awards and subsequently spent six months at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York. His work is included in public and private collections in New Zealand, Australia and France. Roger Mortimer currently lives and works in Auckland.

Mortimer is interested in the nature of attachment in the psychological sense. When this fundamental relational need is disrupted, it generates conflict, adaptive behavior and intense suffering. His paintings explore these themes and have been described as “an allegorical scrambling of time and geography, that pushes at the limits of the human imagination” [1], giving rise to a dense layering of colliding or intertwined worlds and systems. In Mortimer’s fantastical landscapes and watery coasts, people and creatures enact dynamic vignettes of horror and suffering, as well as the possibility of transformation.


[1]  John Hurrell: When Botticelli sailed to Taranaki, Eye Contact June, 2010