Nancy Boyd



After working as a designer and architectural renderer in Vancouver for many years, Nancy taught drawing and painting at Capilano University for 23 years while also maintaining an active studio practice. Her work retains the influence of those years and experiences, notably in her fascination with the conflation of scales and viewpoints. Much of her work shows enjoyment with the intersection of science and aesthetics or of the rational and the deeply felt. She takes great pleasure in being a witness to things in the world that create a sense of wonder in us.

"I think it's important to remind ourselves to continue to be in awe of the world. I like to look for beauty in unconventional places; hence the 'brain' imagery or the bizarre microbial forms, for instance.  The strange subject matter can sometimes abruptly create a new way of seeing better and more effectively than the conventionally beautiful thing. 

By functioning in a small and particular way, I am creating evidence of my own searching and curiosity; why do humans persist in having 'belief'; what are we actually here for; is there some meaning to our presence?  I look for hints to the answers in the abundance of forms around me. I am looking for the universal by witnessing and recording the particular, often in highly re-ordered or abstracted ways. My searching may take me to the interior of the body, to the atmosphere of space or to the cell under a microscope. In this way I often think I have the same kind of curiousity as a scientist, though I have completely different methods. Instead of looking for any 'proofs' in my work, I want only to witness and to take pleasure in creating and to be curious about what I see and what it might mean."

Solo Exhibitions
2008 New Work, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006 Against the Cold, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006 New Work (with Andy Petterson), Wallace Gallery, Calgary Alberta
2004 New Work (with Camrose Ducote), Wallace Gallery, Calgary Alberta
2004 SCANQUEST, Elliot Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2002 Resonance Imaging, Ballard/Lederer Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1999 Portrait Analogs, Ramsay Gallery, Vanvouver, BC
1999 Recent Drawings of Classical Sculpture, Ramsay Gallery, BC
1999 Portrait Analogs, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC  
1999 Portrait Analogs, Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, BC
1998 Beyond Random, Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC
1997 Geography Duets, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, BC
1997 Openings, Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1994 Into the Labyrinth, Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1993 Vessels, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
1992 Vessels, Patrick Doheny Fine Arts, Vancouver, BC
1991 New Drawings, Patrick Doheny Fine Arts, Vancouver, BC
1990 New Paintings and Drawings, Patrick Doheny Fine Arts, Vancouver, BC
1990 Nancy Boyd: 1984-1990, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
1987 Sports Paradigms, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC  
1984 Limits of Measure, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1983 Limits of Measure, Lawrence Intl. Gallery, Washington, USA
Group Exhibitions
2013 Exploring Abstraction, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta
2012 Elissa Cristall Gallery, New Artists, Vancouver, BC  
2009-2012  Spring Group Show, SOPA Gallery, Kelowna, BC
2009 Eliot Louis Gallery, Vancouver Invitational Drawing Festival, Vancouver, BC
2007 Faculty Exhibit, Capilano College, Vancouver BC
2007 Splash, (also 2006, 2005)Vancouver, BC
2007 Art for Life, (also 2007, 2006, 2005, 1999, 1997) Vancouver, BC  
2006 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006 Faculty Exhibit, Capilano College, Vancouver, BC  
2006 Faculty Exchange Exhibit, U. of Wollongong, Australia
2002 Volumes: Sculptural Artist's Books, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
1998 Art of the Book, Community Arts Council, Vancouver, BC  
1998 Printmakers, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, BC
1997 Art for Life, Vancouver, BC
1997 Ji Ku / Space-Time, Asian Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
1996 Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1994 Capilano College Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
1993 Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, BC  
1993 Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, BC
1992 Aichi Gekusan College, Japan  
1990 Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC  
1988 Surrey Art Gallery
Collections
Air Canada
Briant, Angus, McLelland and Rubenstein
City of Vancouver Art Collection
Fireside Industries International  
First City Financial Corporation
Hotel Georgia, Vancouver
Lignum Ltd.
MacAulay McColl
McDonald's Canada Ltd.
Peterson, Yan, Anderson
St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver
Telesat Canada
The Keg, Toronto
Vancouver General Hospital
Publications
“Five Artists Selling in the West'', Galleries West, Fall/Winter 2013
“Artists at Capilano College", The Capilano Review, 2007
''Global Relations'', Ilawarra Mercury News, Australia, 2006
''Nancy Boyd at the Evergreen Cultural Centre",  Asian Art News, March/April, l999
"Nancy Boyd: Portrait Analogs", Preview, November, 1998
"The Power and the Glory", The Vancouver Sun, November 14, 1992
"New Drawings from Nancy Boyd", The Vancouver Sun, June 28, 1991
"Works From a Female Perspective", The Vancouver Sun, May 12, 1990
"Visual Puns Compelling", The Province, May 11, 1987