New Exhibitions at The Royal Scottish Academy 2017-18 by Alex Boyd

From November to January work from my collaborative project with Fionnbharr O’Suilleabhain 'Calotypes of Edinburgh' will be on display at the Royal Scottish Academy as part of the exhibition Ages of Wonder - SCOTLAND’S ART 1540 TO NOW, the largest collections exhibition ever mounted in the history of the RSA.  You can learn more about the exhibition here

From January 2018 the Royal Scottish Academy will open a new exhibition RSA SSA/VAS 2018 in collaboration with the Scottish Society of Artists (SSA) and Visual Arts Scotland (VAS). A room in the exhibition will be curated by An Lanntair Gallery in the Outer Hebrides, and will feature work from my Hebrides series.

To find out more about the exhibition click here

The Herald | Hyperborea - Critics Choice by Alex Boyd

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The current edition of The Herald Arts Magazine has chosen Hyperborea - Lands of the North as their Critics Choice exhibition. Writer Sarah Unwin Jones describes the work of Ragnar Axelsson as 'superb' portraiture, the work of Chris Friel as 'beautiful and extremely moving' and my own work from Scotland and the Faroe Islands as 'dark, elemental and ambitious'. The exhibition runs until the 4th of November.

Hyperborea - Lands of the North by Alex Boyd

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Taking its name from the mythical location found ‘beyond the North Wind’, this exhibition brings together three acclaimed photographers from Iceland, Scotland and England. The 18th century philosopher John Toland identified ‘Hyperborea’ as the Isle of Lewis, making it a fitting location to share a series of works which explore the remote geographical regions of Northern Europe, such as Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Outer Hebrides.

The stark black and white work of Ragnar Axelsson, better known as RAX, have been the subject of landmark photographic books such as Last Days of the Arctic.  His insightful and unsentimental images reveal vast landscapes, remote communities, and people making a living in the harshest of environments. Over three decades he has established himself as one of the world’s leading documentary photographers with work published in the New York Times, National Geographic and Time.

Ragnar Axlesson will be speaking about the  Last Days of the Arctic as part of Facalan: The Hebridean Book Festival on Thursday 26 October at 7pm

The photographer Alex Boyd is best known for his brooding landscapes which utilise antique processes to depict the mountainous terrain of his native Scotland, with images made using silver, cyanide and glass. This exhibition contains new work made in the Hebrides, with Japanese inspired landscape work made in challenging conditions on the peaks of the Cuillin Ridge of Skye, as well as in the Outer Hebrides. It will also feature new documentary work from the series ‘The Land of Maybe’ made over several years and journeys to The Faroe Islands. Concentrating on portraits of the people and landscapes of the archipelago, this ambitious project will be published as a book in late 2017.

Chris Friel is perhaps best known for his experimental and innovative approach to making images, using digital techniques to make haunting and ethereal works which explore time and place.

After’ is a moving response to the loss of his son Joe, who took his own life in December 2016. Made over the course of a single day, the work is a meditation on memory and place, and was made in the landscapes of Lewis and Harris.

The show has been curated by Alex Boyd, with assistance from The Flow Festival of Photography, and with assistance from the Daiwa Foundation.

IO Donna - Land of Maybe by Alex Boyd

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Italy's largest newspaper Corriere della Sera has a feature on my Faroese work in their Saturday supplement Io Donna. The 5 page article features portraiture, landscape work and concentrates on the lives of the women who make their home in the remote archipelago. 

Daiwa Award 2018 by Alex Boyd

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The Daiwa Anglo - Japanese Foundation have awarded me a grant to make work in the Japanese Alps in Spring 2018. This work will form the foundation for a new series of works which combine mountain culture and hand made processes, resulting in a book in late 2018. 

MMX Gallery, London by Alex Boyd

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Work from the series ‘The Hebrides’ will be exhibited at the MMX Gallery in London between May - June 2017. The show will include several large prints from the series, as well as the opportunity to view original tintypes made on the Isle of Skye.

This show brings photographs into being by interpreting the environment rather than illustrating it. Using landscape photography as a metaphor to bring together simultaneous ideas and reflections that reveal themselves in another light to the photographer and viewer. Not strictly about the physicality of the landscape but how it is shaped and revealed.

Each artist work is diverse in technique, style, method and process; yet they share a similar approach and understanding that is ‘beyond the visual’ that a photograph should speak of something more than the photographic process itself. Emphasising the difference between a photograph of something and a photograph about something. Being in the landscape and representing the landscape is to simultaneously inhabit two worlds, the one before us and the one inside us.

An inspiring line up of ITO member and guest exhibitors:

Valda Bailey | John Blakemore | Jacqui Booth | Alex Boyd | Al Brydon
Mike Colechin | Rob Hudson | Stephen Segasby | Dan Wood | Joseph Wright

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