The starting point for Michelle Boyle’s work is the substance and the process of paint. Described as a ‘painters painter’ she works intuitively with little pre-drawing using the brush as both painting and drawing tool.
Painting for Boyle is the most personal of art forms akin in intimacy and immediacy to letter writing . Through it she explores her surroundings and memories making paintings that present the universal in the particular.
Current studio work is the Artists’s intuitive response to the travel restrictions of Covid 19.
The ‘Big River Paintings’ are a developing series of large works which are inspired by exploration on foot and canoe through the local watery landscape of Cavan, Ireland where she lives and has her studio base.
The Artist’s work is in the international collections of The UN Paris, The Next Generation Self Portrait Collection London, The Irish State Collection, Cavan County Council, Microsoft International, The Drawing Institute Italy, The Irish Banking Federation, Limerick University, Price Waterhouse, Tartu Print And Paper Museum Estonia and many private collections.
Education – MA Landscape Archaeology/ Architecture and BA Cultural Anthropology
“I have been moved and impressed by the sensuous rapture and fluid delicacy of Michelle Boyle’s watercolours emanating form her soul searching visits to India.”
– Philip Vann. Art Writer Cambridge, UK.
“For Michelle Boyle the content is always leading the work. This is easily read when she paints the objects in the house. Using simple items like a bed, her treatment brings a sensitivity which is far greater than the sum of its parts. The work ends up carrying the feel of the cottage which resonates with Maguire’s fireside in Kavanagh’s The Great Hunger”.
– Brian Maguire. Artist Ireland.
“Her delicately drawn and sensitively painted objects become triggers for one’s own reverie. There is a kind of subtle and poetic mystery in her work—one can’t always know with certainty what an empty area or the bloom of a warm colour might mean for her, but there is certainly enough room, enough rhythm and balance, to rest the eye and to meditate on what might have been found or lost and found again”.
– Pamela Styzbel. Artist New York, USA.