Jamie Boyd is a painter with a great inheritance. Son of Arthur Boyd, he has a family history that extends back through four generations of painters and sculptors. Jamie is an enthusiastic painter of the landscape and the figure, constantly challenging and redefining his knowledge of art through experimentation and reinvention. Jamie’s work is noticeably divided by his homes in London and in the Shoalhaven area of NSW, but each seems to complement the other. He regularly visits the Boyd property at Shoalhaven, where he is reunited with the beauty and strength of the surrounding landscape. Strong vertical motifs of dense bush trees are juxtaposed against the horizontal of the Shoalhaven River, at times interrupted by a discordant note, a fallen tree partly submerged, or a bird flashing past. When in Europe, Jamie travels extensively, often through Italy and France, re-discovering painters and paintings of the past. He questions what made their cities so paintable and wrestles with the cliché of painting such recognisable surroundings. Eventually, he finds calmness in the landscape that allows him to re-discover the beautiful subtleties that existed for him to paint.
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 collections including Artbank, University of South Australia, University of Western Australia, Parliament House Art Collection and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.