Jamie | A Fourth Generation of Boyd

International and Australian artist, Jamie Patrick Boyd, was born at ‘Open Country‘, the house of his father and grand-father, in the Melbourne south-eastern suburb of Murrumbeena; on 19 November, 1948. Jamie is considered, the most important ‘living’ artist of the Boyd family.

Jamie Boyd belongs to the renowned artistic Boyd dynasty, which began in 1886, with the marriage of Emma Minnie (nee à Beckett) and Arthur Merric Boyd Senior (1862-1940). Spanning over four generations, the Boyd family holds a distinguished place in the arts in Australia, particularly in the fields of painting, sculpture, ceramics, literature and architecture.

Jamie is the second child of Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd (1920–1999), painter, and  Yvonne (nee Lennie) also a painter. His two siblings are:

  • Polly Boyd (1946–), artist and painter; and
  • Lucy Ellen Boyd, painter

With his family, Jamie moved to London, England, in 1959. Jamie graduated from the Academy of Art and Design at the public school in London. At the Central School of Art and Design, he studied fine art and composition in addition to classical music.

  • Coached by his father, Jamie began his artistic career painting landscapes of Hampstead Heath and the English countryside.
  • He won a Painting Award, which allowed him to study at the Foundation Michael Karolyi, in Vence, France.
  • Back in Australia, sixteen year old Jamie held his first solo art exhibition at Bonython Galleries, in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1966.
  • The following year, in 1967, the seventeen year old, exhibited at the Australian Galleries, in Melbourne, and after that, Jamie embarked on a full-time career as an artist and subsequently held exhibitions throughout Australia, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and England.

Jamie is an enthusiastic painter of the landscape and the figure, who has gained international standing for his distinctive style and creative talent. His works often evoke the atmosphere of the English countryside where he spent his youth.

In 1978, Jamie and his family spent a year living by the Shoalhaven River in New South Wales, where, like his father, the river and the rock faces became the focus of some exceptionally beautiful paintings; with tranquil landscape, which often have a dream-like quality. Jamie is equally accomplished across a wide variety of mediums, including, pencil, gouache, pastel and oils on canvas and board.

Jamie regularly travels from London to work at Shoalhaven, at the former family home, Bundanon, which his parents, Arthur and Yvonne Boyd donated to the Australian public in 1993. Known as the Bundanon Trust it is now a public art museum which contains artworks from the Boyd family art collection.

  • Discover more about Jamie Boyd’s art at the Galeria Aniela website.

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