About Chris Boyd
British contemporary artist.
Born in Warrington, Cheshire, UK 1983.
Lives and works in Northwest England.
Boyd graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in Interactive Arts in 2006. Whilst a student he was joint winner of the Big Art Challenge, UK Art Prize 2004, a six part TV
series aiming to find the next rising art stars on Channel 5. One of the Judges, Brian Sewell, a renowned Art Critic for national press and television, referred to Boyd as ‘an undisciplined genius’. During University he worked on high profile music video and advertising productions. In 2006, Boyd both exhibited in and independently curated the exhibition, Chaosmos for the independents Liverpool Biennial.
Boyd and his work has been broadcast internationally across most music video channels including MTV, 4 Music, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and on BBC radio. He has exhibited and screened work in some of the worlds leading galleries and others which include Tate Online, FACT Centre, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, The Lowry, Roundhouse, The Urbis, Corsica Studios and The Cornerhouse.
Question: Why did you become an artist?
Chris Boyd: I’ve always felt compelled to grapple with weighty universals such as agony, ecstasy and death. Art as an activity is nourishing and its service to my questioning of universal notions both satisfies an expressive drive and my curiosity.
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Chris Boyd's reflection on Accelerated Self print. Photo by Matthew Devine