Alex Boyd

Alex Boyd is an artist and photographer based near Glasgow in Scotland primarily known for his figurative landscape work.

Since 2007 Boyd has been working on the series ‘Sonnets’ which was inspired by the work of Edwin Morgan, the first National Poet of Scotland who later contributed to the project. ‘Sonnets’ has been exhibited extensively in the UK and mainland Europe, with notable solo exhibitions at The Scottish Parliament as well as at the European Parliament in Brussels and as 84 metre high projections on Europe’s largest building the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest.

The ‘Sonnets’ re-interprets familiar Scottish landscapes such as Glencoe and the Isle of Skye which have been vital to the construction of Scots identity and myth making practices. The photographs seek to present the traditional and collective longing for an idealised picturesque representation of the land using a style reminiscent of German romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich.

Aside from photographic works, in 2007 Boyd shot and directed the short film Mann Ohne Land which dealt with nationalism and was shown at the Arthertz Festival at Fulham Palace in London and featured a soundtrack from pianist and long-term Bowie collaborator Mike Garson, and Billy Corgan of US rock band Smashing Pumpkins.

Boyd is also the recipient of numerous awards and accolades such as winning the Dewar Award 2010, Scottish Art Fund Award, the Toscana Prize and was a 2010 finalist in the Renaissance Art Prize as well as EU photographer of the year 2009. His work was also celebrated in a Scottish Parliament motion in March 2010.

Currently Alex is experimenting with early photographic processes such as wet plate collodian, and was recently the subject of a short film by BBC director Michael Prince.

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