GO FIGURE-COB GALLERY
5th August, 2014, by Bob Chaundy, Huffington Post
Curator Roxie Warder has brought together the works of six young UK-based artists in an exhibition at London's Cob Gallery called Go Figure.
As the title suggests, this is an exploration of the human form in various guises. It's a big, colourful show and a deliberate reaction to what Warder sees as the rather drab state of painting currently on the British contemporary art scene.
Gabriella Boyd is a former Catlin Prize finalist and has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions. A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, she is about to start a postgraduate degree in Fine Art at the Royal Academy of Art in London.
Her paintings are voyeuristic examinations of relationships, and the merging of public and private spaces. For example, in Lap (above), a man and a woman sit at a desk. They are literally intertwined and pose several questions. Who is real, are they existing in each other's imaginations, is it a maternal instinct that is stifling the male or the reverse? The table has a sense of order but why are each of the objects there? Plenty to ponder.
Tuesday 24th May 2011, The Glasgow School of Art Degree Show
Abstract painter Gabriella Boyd constructs invented interiors through paint in order to explore the merging boundaries of literal and psychological spaces. These fictional spaces depict guarded and often private dwelling places yet their uneasy atmospheres are balanced with a twisted joyfulness. She uses colour and form to guide the eye of the viewer through non-realist spaces.