Kit Boyd

Kit’s art explores people’s relationship with landscape and our place in nature. He 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, & Eric Ravilious.

 

Kit studied Visual Art at the University of Wales Aberystwyth 1988-91 specialising in photography and painting and wrote his dissertation on John Craxton. His interest in Neo-romanticism continued after he left college and his style developed over the years moving away from his earlier surrealist images.

Kit identifies closely with British neo-romantic artists as they found that connection in the rural idyll and refined their expression of the spirit of place. Where the Neo-Romantics were escaping from the horrors of war (or Samuel Palmer the industrial revolution), Kit’s pictures are a refuge from the frantic modern world where media and technology conspire against quietude and contemplation. While not against these advances, Kit is aware of the danger of losing touch with our environment and believes the pastoral idyll can continue to co-exist with our advances in technology.

When Kit lived in the rolling hills of the mid-Wales/Shropshire borders for 2 years before his move back to London, he found the vision of Samuel Palmer alive in the British countryside - the moon rises above sheep fields and the lush vegetation twines darkly in old drovers' lanes. Kit’s “Man on a laptop” images are the expression of this coexistence of the new world with the pastoral and ancient.

 

        

 

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