- exploring the effect of conservation on historical paintings.
Contemporary artist Stephen Boyd explores the effect of conservation
on historical paintings in the new exhibition Vanishing Point, on
show at the Conservation
Centre from 9 October to 21 November 2004
The exhibition includes paintings, installation pieces and digital
images produced by the artist in response to the work of the specialist
staff at the Conservation Centre, who care for and conserve every
object in National
Museums Liverpool’s varied collections.
Stephen Boyd says: “the title Vanishing Point chimes with
the Conservation Centre and its activities …the routine way
in which important works (savaged by the on-going processes of ageing)
undergo a form of cultural intensive care that effectively rescues
them for future generations.”
The term vanishing point refers to an artistic technique to create
an illusion of depth in paintings, but can also suggest a retreat
in time. Boyd is interested in the way that both these themes are
reflected in the work of conservators, who reveal hidden truths
about the paintings they are working on.
The effects of time on a painting become a part of its history,
affecting how viewers relate to it. This fascinating exhibition
forces visitors to re-examine how they engage with paintings and
poses questions about whether they are ever truly what we think
Stephen Boyd was born in 1959 and grew up in Glasgow. He is a senior
lecturer in Fine Art at Staffordshire University. Previous exhibitions
include solo shows in the UK and New York as well as numerous UK
and international group exhibitions.
Vanishing Point is supported by Staffordshire