After completing an Honours degree in History at Victoria University of Wellington, David Boyce became a full-time artist. He has since exhibited in New Zealand, the US, China and Hong Kong, where he is known for his collaborations with Adrian Wong and Hiram To. His works are held in a number of private, public and corporate collections in New Zealand, North America, Europe and Asia.
Boyce’s work is informed by two primary concerns: the exploration of identity, memory, spirituality, language and an area he refers to as ‘Random Beauty’ – an attempt to find beauty in the everyday world. In exploring these themes, he strongly acknowledges a wide range of influences in his work, from renaissance artists to abstract impressionists, minimalists to post modernists.
Boyce currently lives and works in Hong Kong.
From the Shoulders of Giants / 2011-2013
From the Shoulders of Giants presents a series of self-portraits created from a combination of images, paintings and projections that consider how an artist’s development and practice is influenced by works of other artists’. The work questions whether true originality really exists. In the series, portraits of artists from the renaissance and earlier, to abstract impressionists, minimalists and post modernists are layered, appearing as more than a single image. This is part of an ongoing series by the artist that looks at the ideas of collaboration and the myth of the iconoclastic individual artist. Boyce references artists he considers giants, bringing their works and influence into his work, in homage.