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Bagatelle Device
© DACS 2022. Photo credit: The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

Bagatelle Device 1990–1991

John Boyd (b.1957)

The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

Painter, who studied at Slade School of Fine Art, 1976–8, after a foundation year at Newcastle College of Arts, then at Newcastle University, 1978–80. Boyd’s group appearances included Northern Young Contemporaries, Manchester, in 1980; the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, in 1987–8; and Christopher Hull Gallery, 1988. Boyd had a solo show at Below Stairs Gallery, Newcastle, in 1981, with others following in Newcastle, Antibes and Rotterdam until in 1989 Christopher Hull gave him a first one-man show in London. Later ones included The Rites Of Man? at Archeus Fine Art, 2000, of Boyd’s hard-edged, sometimes masked and highly stylised figures. AIB Bank Collection, Ireland; Merrion Group; Christie’s, Morgan Grenfell and other corporate collections hold examples.

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

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