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SoA 2012 - Alex Boyd

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About the Artist

Boyd is best known for his conceptual and figurative landscape photography, most notably his series "Sonnets". The "Sonnets" series has been highly commended by Harry Benson, Scotland's best known living photographer, and is based on the Rückenfigur (literally "back figure") paintings of German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. The series attempts to explore issues of Scottish national identity and its depiction in Scottish art. The series takes its name from a collection of poems by Scottish Makar (Poet Laureate) Edwin Morgan, and who later contributed to the project. American pianist Mike Garson paid tribute to the series in 2011 with an EP directly inspired by Boyd's work.

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Sonnets made headlines in 2008 when Boyd had several of his works projected 84 metres high onto Europe's largest building, the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, and covered the entire University Square as part of the "White Night in Bucharest" Festival.

In 2009 Boyd was included in a group show with Thomas Joshua Cooper and also participated in Anthony Gormley's One and Other project in a collaboration with Edwin Morgan, and in September was shortlisted for European Photographer of the year in the EU Imagine competition, with his work going on to be exhibited in the European Parliament in Brussels.

In March 2010 Boyd's work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Scottish Parliament Building, where it was celebrated in a Parliamentary motion. A specially curated exhibition of the "Sonnets" series alongside the work of one of Boyd's key influences Bill Brandt took place in March 2009 at the H.A.C in Scotland.

Currently he is working on a new series called 'Lowlands', and is experimenting with the wet plate collodion process. Boyd is also currently a member of Accademia Apulia. In the January 2012 edition of Vogue Magazine he was named as one of their 'Hot Shot' photographers.


2010 The Dewar Award
2010 Arts Trust for Scotland Award

Exhibition history

Solo exhibitions
2010 'Sonnets from Scotland', The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
2009 ‘North’, The Tron Theatre, Glasgow
2008 ‘Sonnets from Scotland’, The Arches, Glasgow, Scotland
2008 ‘Sonnets from Scotland’, Offshore Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2007 'A Man Without A Country’, Fulham Palace, London
2006 ‘Into Silence’, The 13th Note, Glasgow, Scotland
2006 ‘Into Silence’, Venue, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
2006 ‘Tide Reflects Sky’, Cunningham House, Ayrshire, Scotland

Group exhibitions
2011 Accademia Apulia Awards Royal Horseguards, London
2011 The Leith Festival (curated by Alastair Cook), Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh
2010 TULCA Arts Festival, Galway Ireland
2009 Imagine 2009 EU Photography Awards – European Parliament Building, Brussels
2009 Imagine 2009 EU Photography Awards – Swedish Parliament, Stockholm
2009 Scottish Photographers – Lillie Gallery, Glasgow
2008 W.A.A.P.N – NY Photo Festival, New York, USA
2008 Digital Fringe Festival – Melbourne, Australia
2008 W.A.A.P.N – Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
2008 W.A.A.P.N – Gallery 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands
2007 Retro Future, Fulham Palace, London
2007 ‘Breakthrough’ San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, USA




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