About his 2017 exhibition Canyonlands…
Canyonlands is an eroded geological feature in Utah, USA. It is a desert area of washaways, eroded gulches, and slot canyons – an underground world all topsy – turvy, formed by torrents and whirlpools, with narrow alleys that are lit up by the sunlight as it bounces around inside the canyon walls.
Influenced by early Renaissance and late 16th century Italian paintings, Roger Byrt evokes a sense of fantasy which invites a free flow of imagination. There is something musical about his works. Within their open shapes, the ideas of density and energy apply. The juxtaposition of curves and natural elements guide the eye from the surrounding visual source to the idea of nature’s grace and beauty in continuous flux: the physical and the metaphysical combine.
Roger Byrt was born in Melbourne, where he obtained his Masters of Arts degree at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
From 1987 – 2001 he held the positions of lecturer and joint Head of Painting, Faculty of Art and Design, at Monash University, Melbourne.
Since 2001 Roger has been working full-time on his studio practice.