Our seventeenth and last artist, Gabriella Boyd, is a figurative painter who studied at the Glasgow School of Art until 2011 and is currently studying at the Royal Academy Schools in London. At the Glasgow School of Art Boyd won the Chairman’s Medal. Boyd has also been shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize in 2016 with ‘Birthyard’.
Boyd’s paintings are generally oil on canvas, and they are based in locations that she has imagined, often with the intention of crossing the boundaries between public and personal spaces. When you look at her work you can see that colour and line are dominant features, defining and mapping the piece out into definite sections and compositions. There’s a deep psychology that is apparent in this definitive approach to her painting and often the subject matter can become disturbing, as if apparent in Birthyard, as something intensely private, and arguably even grotesque, is contextualised in a public setting.
Boyd has exhibited in several group exhibition including Saatchi New Sensations at which she got a special commendation, the Beijing National Biennale in 2012, and other various galleries across the UK.