The works of MELT were painted after visiting ice caves in Iceland, which were formed by meltwater streams and geothermal heat. The melting effect causes ripples on the ice, and forms a confusion of tunnels. The light entering the caves is incandescent. Many of the world’s glaciers are receding, and many ice caves are collapsing. Roger Byrt, 2020
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.