About Michelle Boyle
Michelle Boyle’s artistic output has the ability to catch one off guard and surprise – she presents work across diverse materials with an urgency and ease that belies the skill of her craft. Through her work she explores the narratives of women informed by her own experiences and background.
Michelle grew up in the 1970s as a mixed race child on Dublin’s Northside within a mono cultural society with little ethnic diversity. This early experience of being both part of society and an outsider to it informs her approach as an artist.
She is both the observer and observed – most evident in her self portraits at various times of self doubt or change.
Michelle is presently developing a body of work between Ireland and India and in recognition of this was awarded a Carpe Diem Residency to Kerala (2016) and a professional development award from Cavan County Council Ireland (2017). Working between two vastly different visual cultures expands her artistic responses. In Michelle’s studio, in the quiet rural Irish landscape artistic processes unfold gradually, in vast contrast to the immediacy of india where life is lived on the surface in full colour. In this contrast Michelle is forging space to develop and create.
She is also involved in cross cultural forums on art as a shared language and in 2014 represented Ireland at UNESCO with 30 international artists addressing themes of human migration and displacement. Her work was subsequently shown in the UN HQ in Paris (2015) and New York (2016).
The Next Generation Self Portrait Collection London UK
UNESCO Paris France
The Drawing Institute Italy
Tartu Print and Paper Museum Estonia
Price Waterhouse Ireland
The Office of Public Works Ireland
The Irish Banking Federation
The Ruth Borchard Collection
You can read an article on the painting ‘What Painting is’ by Phillip Vann – Writer and Art Critic, on the Ruth Borchard website.