Lowell Boyers


Boyers’ paintings are accomplished through a process of “collaging multiple events on the same plane portraying the way we experience the world...beginning with a timeless open space that allows images to emerge from spills of paint.” The artist has commented that in these works, he “wants to portray a moment in and beyond time, as if I could freeze in one frame the invisible network of all qualities of one's moments, inside and out.” Eager to find and allow process to define the substance and form of his work, Boyers began to spill paint on his empty canvases and paper, “taking my hand’s expertise just a little out of the picture, allowing the tiniest bit of chaos.” But nothing is accidental in the work, and Boyers is quick to point out that “the paintings are manufactured and manipulated chaos.” Interested in how images take shape and evolve as he allows the ink and the paint to flow and spill and move and mix and coagulate and gel, Boyers does not begin with or impose the figures, instead allowing them to emerge from the events of the process. “In the landscape of my paintings there is no distinction between the inside and outside of the figure or person.The body is like a piece of music, just a texture to elicit reflection, swirls and diaphanous pours of paint, veils of inner and outer textures of the figure’s current moment.The poured paint is blood, circulatory system, bodily fluid, and at the same time images seem to appear and disappear in the paint as water turns into fire, heart into head, head into landscape, landscape into lung tissue, lung tissue into wind. Everything is constantly changing. I try to use paint and painting to examine that phenomena.”