Kit Boyd

Etching, Print

A graduate from the University of Wales Aberystwyth where he studied Visual Art (specialising in photography and painting), Kit Boyd works in the British romantic tradition following the path of Samuel Palmer and the neo-romantic artists Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash, John Craxton, John Minton, Keith Vaughan and Eric Ravilious.

Exploring our relationship with nature, his images combine the pastoral and surreal. Using memory, the subconscious, and nostalgia for the landscape, his prints take the viewer away from the real world to imaginary places far from the modern world.

Kit has a studio at Arthub next to the Thames Barrier. He spends his time between London and the mid-Wales/Shropshire borders, where the vision of Samuel Palmer is alive in the British countryside – the moon rises above sheep fields and the lush vegetation twines darkly in old drovers’ lanes.

Kit Boyd shows with galleries across the UK. He has been selected for the National Open, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Masters at Bankside Gallery, ING Discerning Eye, and ‘The Etchings of Samuel Palmer, his Peers and Followers’ at the Court Barn Museum in Oxfordshire.

London Solo Shows include World in My Eyes at the Barbican in 2013 and White Box in Blackheath in August 2019.

He is represented by print dealer Elizabeth Harvey-Lee at fairs including the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy and the London Works on Paper Fair.

Landscape for me is often a protective place, an escape or a safe environment away from the demands of the modern world, just as Samuel Palmer escaped from the incursions of the industrial revolution into his patch of south London by escaping to Shoreham in Kent in the 1820s.

I am interested in the sense of mystery that lies beyond our surface appreciation of the world, the moments of heightened perception that a landscape can engender, the allure of a distant wood, the history hidden beneath your feet, and the secretive domains of birds, mammals and insects.

Kit Boyd