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The People’s Biennale – VAI

Michelle has written an article for the July – August edition of Visual Arts Ireland, offering insights into the Kochi-Muziris Biennale which took place from December 2016 to March 2017 in Kerala, India. You can download a PDF of the article here.


In my father’s house there are many rooms

An exhibition of new works at Townhall Cavan by Michelle Boyle exploring identity and belonging in that place we call home. A doll’s house is used as the backdrop to develop images – opening out as a stage bringing the artist’s private narrative to the public. This exhibition formed the basis of a developing body of work Fatherland which will be shown in Ireland and India in 2017.

The exhibition took place from Saturday 12th November to Saturday 3rd December 2016.

Three ‘Artists Talks’ accompanied the exhibition.

A full colour catalogue accompanies the exhibition. The catalogue can be purchased here.


The Visual Arts New Sheet

Michelle recently featured in the September–October 2016 issue of The Visual Arts Newsheet. The article, entitled ‘Fatherland’ recalls Michelle’s time at Carpe Diem Monsoon Residency in Kerala, India during Summer 2016.
You can read the article in full here.


The Hindu Newspaper

Michelle took part in an exhibition of works in Gallery OED which included Theodore Boyer (USA) Joslyn Laurence (USA) Roxy Russell (Switzerland) Kaare Baekgaard (Denmark). This exhibition presented artworks of individual and shared experiences of time spent by the artists on a Carpe Diem Residency in Kerala India.

The exhibition was also covered by The Hindu newspaper.


The Anglo-Celt

Damian McCarney writes: Virginia artist MICHELLE BOYLE is the first Irish painter to have work purchased for the renowned Ruth Borchard exhibition in London, and it seems she’s on the verge of breaking into the national consciousness.

Read the complete article here.


What’s On: King’s Place

Michelle recently featured in an article on the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection Exhibition, taking place from 7 June – 24 September 2016.

Michelle is the first Irish artist to be selected into this collection of British and Irish self portraits from the 20th and 21st centuries which includes artists such as Euan Uglow, Celia Paul, John Keane and Francis Newton Souza.

At the exhibition opening, a talk was given by the art critic Philip Vann – “NEXT GENERATION” SELF-PORTRAIT TALK.


RHA Annual Exhibiton 2016 Catalogue

Michelle exhibited in the 186th RHA Annual Exhibition which was open to the public from March 22nd until June 11th 2016. Her painting is published in the annual catalogue of the exhibition.


W.B.Yeats Friendship Calendar

The W.B.Yeats Calendar 2016/2017 was launched on 14th January 2016 at the Irish Embassy in Tallinn by the Irish Ambassador to Estonia. The calendar is a collaboration between Irish and Estonian artists, each responding to poems by W.B. Yeats.

There are three versions of the calendar in PDF format in various file sizes from low resolution 3.5MB to desktop printing resolution 70MB, to the full press quality version 100MB. The calendar is intended to be printed as A3 format, yet it should also look well when printed as A4. Please request a copy via the contact page.

Also, if you would like to view the calendar or share an online link to view it, you will find it here.

The calendar is available in the spirit of “copyleft”. You are free to reproduce it for your own non-commercial use and not for sale. As the artwork within the calendar has been kindly contributed by you the artists, each piece remains copyright of the artist that made it.


Black Church Print Studio – The Fold: Issue 9 – Rosebud
For this exhibition artists were invited to respond to the idea of proclamations and manifestos and the power of the printed publication. Whilst it can be argued that the medium of print is rapidly in decline artists continue to find exciting and diverse ways to exploit its potentiality for dissemination of ideas. A specially produced edition of The Fold accompanied the exhibition.

You can download a copy here.


Journey Towards a Likeness – Portraits of Thomas Pakenham

Between early December 2014 and late March 2015, Michelle Boyle visited Tullynally Castle in County Westmeath for a total of five two-hour portrait sittings with Thomas Pakenham, the Anglo-Irish historian, keen arborist and renowned biographer of the lives of trees. The portrayal process is explored in the book which accompanied the exhibition.

You can download a copy here.


Art Camp – Ordino 2014
In 2014, Michelle took part in Art Camp 2104. The UNESCO event was held in Andorra and featured thirty artists from across the world. You can download a pdf featuring the artists’ work here (12.1mb).


Family: Biographies of ordinary lives.
This work is part of a continuing exploration of portraiture and figurative drawing and painting. It draws on the artist’s history using photographs, studio sittings and recollections to recreate and recover childhood, family and identity through painting.

24 page booklet (2011).

You can download a copy here.


Michelle Boyle has also appeared in the following publications: