Roger Mortimer

New Zealand, b.1956

Roger Mortimer’s paintings deploy imagery drawn from medieval illuminated manuscripts and historical maps to create surreal, visionary scenes. His early work also included sculptural elements, and he has demonstrated a willingness to work with a range of media and materials. Mortimer often uses found texts in his work, usually letters and documents sent by various government agencies and corporate bureaucracies, which he meticulously transcribes in calligraphic script. Mortimer’s work reads as part commentary on the trials and tribulations of contemporary life and part visionary quest; often, it is both at the same time. His works often depict images of violence and mortality, commenting on the ubiquity of such images in contemporary media and the long history of human fascination with the macabre and bizarre.

Mortimer graduated from the Elam School of Fine Arts in 1999, and was the Paramount Award winner at the 2014 Wallace Art Awards. In 2017, Dilemma Hill, a survey of his work, was shown in public galleries in Auckland and Wellington.

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Auction Results

Red Milk Bottle

2007

china paint on ceramic

240mm x 85mm x 85mm

Estimate $2,800 - $3,600

Mt Misery

2012

graphite and watercolour on paper

320mm x 490mm

Achieved $4,805.00

Dear Gina somewhat shakely I write...

2000

acrylic on canvas

272mm x 317mm

Estimate $800 - $1,200