Louisa Boyd

Louisa Boyd artist

Louisa Boyd artist

Louisa Boyd graduated in 2001, showing a series of paper sculptures that used bookbinding techniques to support their structures. These artist’s books gained recognition with awards at this early stage in her career. Boyd has since worked as an artist exhibiting both nationally and internationally. Her work has been incorporated into a number of publications and also included in both national and international public collections with pieces held at King St Stephen Museum, Hungary, Baylor University, Texas, USA, The Grosvenor Museum, Chester, UK and Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK. Recent successes have seen her gain further recognition through exhibitions selected by prestigious juried panels and showing her work alongside some of the most well-established and respected names in contemporary art. Shortlisted for the John Ruskin prize in 2017 and having been selected for exhibition on three occasions for the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, Boyd continues to make paintings, prints, artist’s books and paper sculptures.  Her pieces honour traditional techniques such as hand marbling and acid etching yet innovate in the application of these skills. She uses abstract mark making and an explorative and inventive approach to realise new pieces which often have three-dimensional qualities.

Artist statement 
I am a multidisciplinary artist and my work centres around the persistent human desire to belong within the natural world. I consider environment and how we navigate place in my pieces, making paintings, prints, sculptures, artist books and digital work inspired by nature and belonging through the human connection to the land. I use natural space as a catalyst for works that endeavour to connect the audience to nature by proxy, delivering the message that nature and the elements give us a way to navigate not just geographically but also emotionally through life. My work features celestial symbols, sacred geometry, natural landmarks, and map-like imagery to describe a sense of belonging.

Selected exhibitions 
2022 – The Other Art Fair, presented by Saatchi Art, London, UK
2020/21 – New Light Art Prize Exhibition, touring Scarborough Art Gallery, Biscuit Factory, New- castle, Tullie House Museum and Gallery, Carlisle, and Bankside Gallery, London
2020/21 – Flourish Award Exhibition, touring Woodend Gallery, Scarborough and Piazza, Huddersfield, UK (including a digital presentation about the work – awarded the Great Art Prize
2019 – Print International, Ty Pawb, Wrexham (including a talk at the Print Symposium)
2019 – RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2018 – RA 250th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2017 – The John Ruskin Prize Exhibition, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
2015 – International Book Art Exhibition, First edition, Cascais, Portugal
2014 -The Royal Academy of Arts in Yorkshire, curated by Norman Ackroyd CBE RA, Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk, Yorkshire
2014 – The RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2014 – Women in the Arts 2014: Booked, KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns, Australia

Public Collections
2017 – The Grosvenor Museum, Chester, UK
2013 – King St Stephen Museum, Hungary
2013 – Baylor University, Texas, USA
2013 – Bank Street Arts, Sheffield Awards
2020 – Great Art Award at the Flourish Printmaking Award Exhibition
2001 – Paperchase Future of Design Award
2001 – High Commendation from the judges of the BDC New Designer of the Year