Maria Boyle

 

 

By mariaboyle, Dec 29 2018 07:23PM

This year has just flown by! The last few months there have been exhibitions and a Christmas Art Fair, plus finalising works for our Face to Face exhibition about Penda in April. Still a bit of finishing to do...


Lots of creative things to look forward to in the New Year, new workshops, exhibitions, art works plus doing more with my colour consutancy. Will share once details finalised.


Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative 2019! x

By mariaboyle, Oct 8 2018 05:27PM

Our first members exhibition at the wonderful Little Buckland Gallery near Broadway was a fabulous mix of work and I was delighted to have 5 pieces included. I entered three colour pieces that were newly framed and they looked fab, as well as two screen printed and painted pieces on stretch frames.


Now the focus is purely on our Face to Face group exhibition on our Penda theme. Working on some texile pieces as well as exploring some cold wax oil painting. Keen to work on some new panels I bought recently as well as some oil pastels. Still working on my wild boar and other pagan symbols and marks!


Another highlight was visiting the Paraol Unit gallery in Islington to see the Heidi Bucher exhibition and her amazing building skins...using cloth and liquid latex. Oddly evocative.


By mariaboyle, Sep 10 2018 03:13PM

Well no blog in August due to holidays and other busyness...


A great weeks holiday in Northern Ireland was had, plus a magical visit to coastal Donegal. Weather was a bit dissappointing, considering how much heat and sun we have had this summer, but I guess you don't go to Ireland for the weather! In between the showers lots of beaut walks and amazing views was enjoyed!


Also while in Donegal, visited fab artist Liz Doyle at her studio at Cruit Island. A warm welcome and a tour through her various wonderful works including a few about to be shipped to NY for a solo exhibition. Very inspiring.


Been busy on my Face to Face Group 'Penda project' and have got a 'show and tell' on Saturday. Been focussed on banners and stadards, pagan symbols, and wild boars...thinking about masculinity at the time of Penda, of the men and women constantly going to war. Working in print, cloth, and inspired by Liz Doyle experimenting in cold wax and oils. Feel like its getting there, ask me again after our meeting!


Also getting some pieces ready for an exhibition at Little Buckland Gallery near Broadway. Called 'Moments' it is a group show from Members of the ArtistWorkhouse from 29th September-7th October. Flyer attached, do visit!

Maria Boyle, rough sketch, Penda project 2018
Maria Boyle, rough sketch, Penda project 2018
Maria Boyle, Donegal coast photo, Aug 2018
Maria Boyle, Donegal coast photo, Aug 2018

By mariaboyle, Jul 31 2018 01:48PM

Its the last day of the month again and Im just getting my July blog in!


The heat wave continued and we have just had a bit of rain at the weekend, the first for months! Garden sure needed it, and thankfully its a touch cooler. Im not a hot weather gal!


This month I have been thinking a lot about my practice and where its going. Brought on by lots of chatting about creative practice at Face to Face meetigs at ArtistsWorkhouse, which has been marvellous. Also visits to London and Birmingham for some veyr interesting exhibitions...


First, the Society of Designer Craftmen had an exhibition and shop at a new venue at Chelsea school of art. I was'nt exhibiting this time but great to support and see other members and their work.

Of course opposite is the Tate Britain so had a lovely wander around. In particular I was taken with the paintings of Lisa Brice, very emotive and really wonderful colour pallette, blues and reds, wonderful!


Then I travelled over to see the Summer Exhibition at Royal Academy. I was curious to see whether there were more textiles with Grayson Perry as curator. There were, but they were a curious mix...the heat of travelling around London had worn me out a bit but there were some memorable pieces, particularly Debbie Lawson and 'Red Bear'. Great idea, and a well crafted execution which is how it should be for me, not just the idea and not just the craft.


Finally a visit to The Mac, Birmingham to see the latest exhibition form the wonderful 62 Group called 'Ctrl/Shift'...too many amazing artists and works to mention, so if you love contemporary art and/or texiles do visit. Its on til 9th September and really worth a visit, some fantastic pieces.

Society of Designer Craftmen shop at Chelsea School of Art, July 2018
Society of Designer Craftmen shop at Chelsea School of Art, July 2018
Lisa Brice painting at Tate Britian, July 2018
Lisa Brice painting at Tate Britian, July 2018
Lisa Brice works at Tate Britain, July 2018
Lisa Brice works at Tate Britain, July 2018
'Red Bear' Debbie Lawson, Summer Exhibition at RA, July 2018
'Red Bear' Debbie Lawson, Summer Exhibition at RA, July 2018
Publicity poster for Ctrl/Shift exhibition for the 62 Group, July 2018
Publicity poster for Ctrl/Shift exhibition for the 62 Group, July 2018

By mariaboyle, Jun 30 2018 05:31PM

Well its been another very busy month and I've only just managed to get my June post in!

July tomorrow! Its been an amazingly dry and hot month with fantasti blue skies every day! Currently my wethare station says 36C in my garden!!


We have also had the Romeo and Juliet exhibition and writers performances which all went very well. Had a good response to my new work, especially the lime silk 'Dreams'.


We now have the annual ArtistsWorkhouse Open exhibition, prize giving tomorrow!

The pop-up 'Cake house' is again selling its delicious selection of cakes, and tomorrow the bar will be open so will be a real party atmosphere.


Also another 'Face to Face' meeting, this time at Little Buckland Gallerty near Broadway where we will have our exhibition in April next year. Great gallery with many rooms of lovely pieces, worth a visit! Even though my name has not been officially picked out of the hat and been paired with an artist I am already thinking on our subject 'Penda of Mercia'. I spent a productive afternoon at the gallery last week doing a woad dye bath which I have not done before as a) it is an expensive dye, and b) its a very time consuming process.

Stlll I am pleased with resuts on wool flannel, linens and even leather!


Cant believe its July tomorrow...