SWAP UP ART is pleased to announce our representation of Los Angeles based artist, Theodore Boyer. Curator and founder of SWAP UP ART, Tracy Yuan, selected eight pieces of Boyer’s completed work during lockdown in 2020 for the inaugural online exhibition from March 2nd to April 2nd 2021.
Boyer’s usage of saturated colors with a tint of shades may appear somber, but it certainly transcends the strong message behind each piece. Boyer’s pieces touched upon existential crises of oneself and society as a whole. “Shroom Worship” explores the act of taking marijuana as an act of ‘worship’. People holding hands and dancing around the giant red mushroom, with ecstatic colors splashing in the background, perfectly documents the state of mind of self-exploration to reach true ecstasy.
“Flowers for Breonna Taylor” is paying tribute to the late victim of police brutality and systemic racism in our country. This March, also Women’s History Month, will mark Taylor’s one year of passing. Through this piece, Boyer hopes to continue generating conversations and actions to correct our society.
Theodore Boyer is a multi-disciplinary artist from Los Angeles, California. Exploring a range of subjects and narratives including cartography, astrology, astronomy, geology, anthropology and mysticism, Boyer’s oeuvre responds to humanity’s connection to, or disconnection from nature. Boyer spent the past decade making abstract works that explore landscape, geology, cosmology, and psycho-geographic mapping. Recently, he has stripped down his process to its essence while focusing on subject matter that is a direct reference to the world around him.
Still life’s, Self-portraits, and pictures of friends and family have been the focal point of his work in recent months in response to the lockdown and the Coronavirus pandemic. Being raised by, and educated by women, Boyer memorializes the divine feminine as a constant motif throughout his work. His pieces capture his subjects vulnerability while celebrating intimacy and desire for human connection, while his still life’s evoke a feeling of yearning.
Receiving a BFA at the School of Visual Arts in 2012, Boyer studied under renowned artists Jack Whitten, Alice Aycock, Sue Williams and Andrea Belag. Since then, Boyer has exhibited his work in Solo and two person exhibitions at Shulamit Nazarian, LA, Hilde, LA and Patrick Painter Inc. Group shows and benefits, at the Museum of Mexico City, MX, The Underground Museum, ICA LA. Boyer has participated in the international exchange program at the ZhDK in Zurich, Switzerland, 2011, Carpe Diem Residency in Kerala India, 2016, and Residency 108, Cleremont, NY, 2016. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, FLAUNT, Modern Painters, Forbes, Cultured and L’Optimum.