John B. Boyle was born in London, Ontario in 1941. A self-taught artist, he has produced a major body of work that spans a career of five decades.
First active in London in the 1960's, he was included in the acclaimed National Gallery of Canada exhibition, 'The Heart of London'. Boyle very quickly developed a distinctive vision which has remained consistent throughout his career. A figurative painter and strong Canadian nationalist, Boyle chooses both Canadian heroes such as Tom Thomson, William Lyon McKenzie and Marshall McLuhan, as well as ordinary Canadians and depicts them in a creative backgrounds referencing his own life and experiences in places such as London, St. Catherine's, Owen Sound, Europe and Japan.
Boyles paintings use strong colour, intense patterns and randomly spaced figures that emphasize the direct response of the artist and his world. Boyle has experimented with many mediums including pen and ink, oil, acrylic, watercolour, enamelled steel and bronze, along with a variety of shaped canvases and board.
Boyle has exhibited has had multiple solo and group exhibitions in both private and public galleries – most recently at the National Gallery of Canada in a catalogued exhibition entitled, 'The '60’s in Canada'.
Boyle's work is represented in the National Gallery of Canada, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, N.B. Confederation Centre, P.E.I., Art Gallery of Ontario, Hamilton Art Gallery, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, London Regional Gallery and the McMichael Canadian Collection.