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© the artist. Photo credit: Walker Art Gallery

Nation 1967

Graham Boyd (b.1928)

Walker Art Gallery

Abstract painter and teacher, born in Bristol, who attended Watford School of Art, gaining his diploma in 1951, with a year at Institute of Education at London University until 1952. Was resident in Southern Rhodesia, 1953–5. Boyd was visiting artist at Reading University, 1975–83, having had a similar post at Plymouth State College, in America, 1972–3. Among other positions held was head of painting, Hertfordshire College of Art & Design, 1976–93. Boyd was influenced by American abstract painters, learning there the technique of working with large canvases on the floor, freeing him to apply paint in broad, sweeping bands of colour. Landscape was an inspiration. Mixed shows were participated in at Waddington Galleries from 1957; he also took part in John Moores Liverpool Exhibitions, LG and RA.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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