ArtChat [Blog Interview Number 10] – Jamie Boyd

This month we present an insight into the life and world of Jamie Boyd a 5th generation Boyd from a family of artists considered as art royalty in Australia with a heritage of artists dating back to the early 1800 hundreds Jamie Boyd is a magnificent craftsman and colourist whose observation of his subject matter is touched by the light and atmospherics then expressed in his exhilarating visions.  He is constantly challenging and redefining his knowledge of art through experimentation and reinvention resulting in his intense, lyrical paintings.

Now living in London with his family, Jamie has gained international standing for his own creative talent and distinctive style.  On a recent visit to Australia Jamie had a successful exhibition, opened by former Australian Prime Minister The Hon Bob Hawke AC, at the famous Boyd Bundanon Estate.

This exhibition followed on from a successful show in London which was opened by the Australian High Commissioner. 

AC:  What inspires you to create? JB:  The intuition that there is something new to be discovered

AC:  In three words describe your art JB:  search for beauty

AC:  How do you spend your leisure time? JB: attempting to play the piano

AC: Who is your role model or person you most admire? JB: Vincent van Gough, Arthur Boyd

AC:  What music do you listen to while you create?| JB:  Bach to Fats Waller (more or less anything played with passion)

AC:  What was the last book you enjoyed? JB:  The Clergymans’ Daughter by George Orwell

AC:  What does your art mean to you? JB: Takes me out of myself

AC: Growing up with so many famous artists is there any particle memorable moment you would like to share with us? JB:  Painting by the river with my father I glanced across at the small canvas he was working on – so accurately had he captured the spirit of the scene it was as if he’d dipped his brush into the landscape itself or chipped off bits of the sky, rocks and river. Born in Melbourne, Jamie moved to London with his family as a young boy. At the age of seventeen he began painting full-time in London and held his first Australian exhibition in 1966 at the Bonython Galleries in Adelaide. Since then, he has exhibited regularly in Australia in addition to showing his work in England, Italy, Germany and Holland. His work is represented in major collections throughout the world.

Jamie Boyd will present a collection of his work, exhibiting with his compliments, there will be five (5) generations of the Boyd Dynasty on show at Red hill Gallery.  Along with his son Nathaniel Boyd  and his father Arthur Boyd AO   we will also have on show works by his grandfather Merric Boyd and his great grandmother Emma Minnie Boyd. 

The Boyds - An artistic Dynasty  since 1858 an inspiring and creative family You can read Jamie Boyds extensive CV here.