"In Robert Boynes?s art there are no radical departures in style or imagery, instead it is like a dialectic process where one series gives birth to another series in a process of opposition. His previous series of work consisted of strong, chromatically vibrant paintings dealing with urban environments. This one, in contrast, is almost monochromatic..."
"The setting of these new paintings remains the city, but now it is seen through a watery veil. This relates to the effects found in film noir imagery which has been an influential source for Boynes throughout his career. His techniques of art production have remained fairly constant. He employs a photographic screenprint, on a large scale, where the source imagery includes night scenes in a city, the effects of water running over glass and a fragment of a television screen. This has been transferred with acrylics onto canvas... and then the whole image has undergone a process of metamorphosis with prolonged manipulation by hand."
"Since retiring from decades of teaching, Boynes in a plethora of exhibitions has confirmed his place as the artist of the urban environment. He seeks to segment, juxtapose and contrast slices of vision, constantly obscuring clarity, as we are invited to explore images seen through a flow of water and to observe the world as fragments which we see "through a glass darkly"."
Excerpts from Sasha Grishin, ?Robert Boynes, Street Stories?, Australian Art Collector, #41, July - September, 2007, p.273