Jane Boyd

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Jane Boyd
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Born (1953-06-20) 20 June 1953 (age 66)
London, UK
EducationCamberwell College of Arts, University of London
  • Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts Trinity College, Cambridge (1981–83)
  • Abbey Rome Fellow 1998 at the British School at Rome (1999)
  • Leverhulme Trust Artist-in-Residence at The Warburg Institute, University of London (2001)
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2006)
  • Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House (2011)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2011)

Jane Boyd (born 20 June 1953) is a British artist.[1] She is best known for her work in light-based installation and drawing and has been exhibiting internationally since 1986. Boyd was the first woman to be elected Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts,[2] a two-year fellowship (1981–83) awarded by Trinity College Cambridge. Her work is represented in a number of public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum,[3] the Gibberd Gallery and the British Museum.[4][5]


Boyd won The Shell Waterloo Painting 1981 prize, a major competitive commission awarded by Shell UK to produce a painting measuring 3 m x 10 m for exhibition above the South Bank exit of London Waterloo Station.[6][7] Filmed by the BBC throughout its progress in the studio and on site, the result was a large canvas entitled Generation of Alternatives.[8] The same year she exhibited in Summer Show 1, along with Andrew Darke, Andy Goldsworthy and Steve Joy at the Serpentine Gallery, London.[9][10] Boyd concentrated on colour field painting until 1990 when ideas concerning the interdependence of time, memory and consciousness demanded a new medium able to express the inherent temporal nature of these concepts. Light itself would replace paint while in the drawings, charcoal dust would become the primary medium.[11]

Vacant Possession 2011 by Jane Boyd, Dora Maar House

Beginning with the series, Water Course i–iii (1993) using plaster dust, mirror and projected light, Boyd's installations would experiment with refraction and reflection. In 1995, Boyd exhibited To the Warder of Things Present, a solo exhibition at Stichting de Achterstraat, Hoorn, Netherlands.[12][failed verification]

Concrete Liaisons 2006 by Jane Boyd, Senate House Tower, London

In 1999 she exhibited Out of Bounds in May Show at the British School at Rome. Also that year, in No Added Sugar, a group show with Kate Davis and Terry Smith curated by Roberto Annecchini at Change Studio d'Arte Contemporanea, Boyd exhibited It was Today[13] and in Grottesche curated by Domenico Scudero[14] she exhibited Gathering Worlds at Ex-chiesa di S. Stefano, Tivoli. Boyd's site-specific installation, Chancing the Circle (1999) was installed in the Pantheon, Rome in May 1999.

One example of her use of natural light and mirror is Perfect Stranger (2000), which explores, at a particular moment, the sense of place contained within the surfaces and cavities of a moulded ceiling.[11] Boyd exhibited with Tessa Garland in Seeing Things (2004), a group show at Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall.[15] Boyd's Living Memory (1988)[16] Artspace Sydney, Australia and Grounded in Time 1989 University of Surrey Guildford, UK are examples of solo exhibitions which featured large-scale drawing installations. Boyd's work, Water Haulage iii (1991) was selected for the 10th Cleveland International Drawing Biennale (1991).[17][third-party source needed]

In conclusion of a Residency at the Warburg Institute, University of London, Boyd exhibited two works Double Volume (2001) and Palindrome (2001), a transcription of Las Meninas (1656) by Diego Velázquez. In 2006 Boyd returned to the University of London as Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow[18] to engage in a new work entitled Concrete Liaisons (2006), a major light-based installation for the facades of Senate House Tower, Malet Street London.[19][20] In 2011 she was appointed Brown Foundation Fellow, a fellowship programme administered by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston at Dora Maar House, Ménerbes, France.[21] Boyd's installation Vacant Possession (2011) was sited on the ground floor of former home of surrealist photographer Dora Maar.[22]

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  • Boyd, Jane (2011). "Place in Vertical Space: the Rising Skyline in the Urban Environment and the Primacy of Place". Etnofoor. 23 (1): 144–170. ISSN 0921-5158. JSTOR 23217886.
  • Boyd, Jane (2008). "Senate House Tower: the Capital's First Skyscraper". The London Journal. Maney Publishing. 33 (3): 249–269. doi:10.1179/174963208X347718. ISSN 0305-8034.
  • Boyd, Jane (1 November 2006). "Picture This: Velázquez' Christ with Martha and Mary". The Expository Times. Sage Journals. 118 (2): 70–77. doi:10.1177/0014524606070862. ISSN 0014-5246.
  • Boyd, Jane; Esler, Philip F. (2004). Visuality & Biblical Text: Interpreting Velázquez "Christ with Martha and Mary" as a Test Case. Arte e Archeologia. 26. Florence: Leo S. Olschki. ISBN 88-222-5369-8.[27][28]
  • Jane Boyd, Waterways drawings 1990–1992, forward Felix Villanueva, 1992


  1. ^ "Jane Boyd, the artist". the-artists.org. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Creative arts fellowship marks 50 years". Cambridge University. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Heavenly Messengers I from the V&A's collections". collections.vam.ac.uk. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Presence and Remains study iii; abstract shapes. 1999 Charcoal dust on Arches paper. Drawing. The British Museum Collection". Britishmuseum.org. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Presence and Remains study iv; abstract shapes. 1999 Charcoal dust on paper. Drawing. The British Museum Collection". Britishmuseum.org. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b "London Waterloo Station: Art – 'In 1981, Shell UK commissioned a work of art'". triposo.com. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Jane Boyd's The Generation of Alternatives, the Shell Waterloo Painting 1981, Art Monthly October 1981, Nos 47 & 50". reader.exacteditions.com. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  8. ^ Jane Boyd (15 July 1981). Jane Boyd featured in BBC Nationwide July 1981 on Shell Waterloo Painting, commissioned 1981 (video). London: BBC Nationwide. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Summer Show 1 – Serpentine Gallery, London, 1981". ArtFacts.net. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Catalogue, Summer Show 1, 4 Jul-2 Aug 1981". Serpentine Gallery. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  11. ^ a b "New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge". Art.newhall.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Catalogue of works, 1995, Stichting de Achterstraat, Hoorn, Netherlands". Oudhoorn. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  13. ^ "ChangeArtConcept exhibition archive 1996–1999". Change Studio d'Arte Contemporanea. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Domenico Scudero, Unclosed Director". Rivista Trimestrale di Arte Contemporanea. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Seeing Things, Newlyn Art Gallery". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Living Memory – a multi-media installation by Jane Boyd, Friday April 15 1988". Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, New South Wales). Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Catalogue, 10th Cleveland International Drawing Biennale". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  18. ^ a b "The Leverhulme Trust: Report of the Leverhulme Trustees 2006, p55, Awards made in 2006 – Research Fellowships" (PDF). Leverhulme.ac.uk. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  19. ^ Karol, Eitan (Autumn–Winter 2008). "Naked and unashamed: Charles Holden in Bloomsbury" (PDF). Past & Future: Magazine of the Institute of Historical Research (4). Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Paul Cox, Director of Photography: Filmed, directed and edited documentary record of installation piece called Concrete Liaisons by Jane Boyd". Coxcam.co.uk. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  21. ^ a b "Brown Foundation Fellows Summer and Fall 2011". mfah.org. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Jane Boyd: Reflections of a Past Fellow by Gwen Strauss". mfah.org. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Leverhulme Trust Grants Awarded in 2000, Artists in Residence" (PDF). Leverhulme.ac.uk. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  24. ^ "Abbey Awards: Scholarships & Fellowships in Painting". abbey.org.uk. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  25. ^ "Fellow Commoners in Creative Arts, 1967–2017". trin.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  26. ^ "Arts Council of Great Britain: a year of achievement. Thirty-third annual report and accounts. Awards 1977/78, p 114" (PDF). Artscouncil.org.uk. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  27. ^ Luxford, Julian M. "Visuality and Biblical Text: Interpreting Velázquez' 'Christ with Martha and Mary' as a Test Case". Studio International. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  28. ^ Nancarrow, Mindy (Winter 2005). "Review – Jane Boyd and Philip F. Esler . Visuality and Biblical Text: Interpreting Velázquez' Christ with Martha and Mary as a Test Case.. Arte e Archeologia, Studi e Documenti 26. Florence: Leo S. Olschki., 2004. 156 pp. illus. bibl. €76". Renaissance Quarterly. The University of Chicago Press. 58 (4). doi:10.1353/ren.2008.0961. ISBN 88-222-5369-8.

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