Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to present new works by Daniel Boyd in AND THE HORIZON SWALLOWED THE TORTOISE. This poignant exhibition continues the artist's trajectory by uniting three highly personal subject matters: Greek mythology, familial ties to the land, and symbolism of the Australian native bush stone-curlew in Aboriginal cultures. This pertinent new body of work emerges from the unique conditions of lockdown, where times of crisis give gravitas to artists like Boyd, who express histories of oppression and resistance. In creating spaces for questions and dialogue in art, Boyd places the Aboriginal experience closer towards the center of contemporary Australian discourse, and gives voices to people who are exiled, marginalised or displaced.
Daniel Boyd's practice is internationally recognised for its manifold engagement with the colonial history of the Australia-Pacific region. Drawing upon intermingled discourses of science, religion and aesthetics, his work reveals the complexity of perspectives through which political, cultural and personal memory is composed. Boyd has both Aboriginal and Pacific Islander heritage and his work traces this cultural and visual ancestry in relation to the broader history of Western art.
Boyd is the first indigenous Australian to win the prestigious Bulgari Art Award in 2014. He has been exhibiting in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia and overseas since 2005. Boyd's paintings are held in major collections in Australia and internationally including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh; and the Kadist Collection, Paris.
AND THE HORIZON SWALLOWED THE TORTOISE will be Daniel Boyd's eighth exhibition with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.
Press release courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.