27 March - 14 April 2008
about the exhibition
Jamie Boyd is a painter and printmaker with a family history of celebrated artists. Jamie, the son of Arthur Boyd, is the fourth generation of artists from his family who have worked across the mediums of printmaking, painting and sculpture. In this exhibition of recent work, he is inspired by the “intoxicating” experience of travelling through Italy and France and re-discovering painters and paintings of the past. Through his journey, Jamie questioned what made these cities in Italy and France so paintable and wrestled with the cliché of painting such recognisable surroundings. Eventually, Jamie found calmness in the landscape allowing him to re-discover the beautiful subtleties that existed for him to paint. “I can see qualities in the sky, in the half shadowed domes and canals in Venice not unlike those revealed in the rocks and escarpments on the Shoalhaven River and their reflections in the lagoon below.”
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 exhibited his first Australian show 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, the University of South Australia, University of Western Australia, Parliament House Art Collection and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.