Born: 1982 Cairns, Queensland. Lives and works Sydney, New South Wales. Kudjla/Gangalu peoples
Daniel Boyd is internationally recognised for his engagement with the colonial history of the Australia-Pacific region and its representation in Western Art. Drawing upon the discourses of science, religion and aesthetics, his work across painting and digital media reveals the complex ways in which political, cultural and personal memory is composed.
As a painter Boyd frequently works in a reduced palette of predominantly black, white, and grey, to create scenes composed of small dots on a canvas. The reduced, monochromatic palette of his paintings alludes to the sadness of events in the past and the personal implications of these events on Boyd, in the present.
Boyd’s works are held in national and international collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National History Museum, London, and most Australian state and territory galleries. He exhibited in the 56th Venice Biennale, received the Bulgari Art Award (2014) and completed commissions for the Australian War Memorial, Canberra (2018) and the MCA, Sydney (2014).