Martin Boyle Launch Project

Martin Boyle

Artist Statement

Martin Boyle’s work applies to now and here, responding to wherever he is when he gets the idea to make some encounter into a work of art. Not only is the poetry of the real evoked, it is made to be tangible, present, testable. The artist takes on a responsibility described by Nietzsche as “repairing the world”.

Boyle holds no hierarchy in the subject matter he chooses, literally, anything can become a subject in his work. Never knowing where he will end up, he follows different threads of human behaviour, finding patterns in the things he sees. Working across different mediums his conceptual work includes photography, sculpture, video, and installation.

While remaining firmly engaged in the present he constantly juggles with art of the past. His photographs rooted in the encounter use text to convey a thought process in an open-ended manner with the potential for things to be read in other ways, or be revealed differently under different conditions.

Humour often reappears albeit in a deadpan manner with titles deliberately departing from the real towards the made up. Misspelt words, bad grammar and puns are opportunities to springboard the imagination into other paths of thinking. His images can appear at times to look staged or computer manipulated, questioning what has been found, and what has been fabricated by the artist.


Boyle (b.1982, Donegal, Ireland) lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He completed a Masters of Fine Art in 2008 at the University Of Ulster, Belfast, and a BA in Sculpture from the Limerick School of Art and Design.

Recent Solo exhibitions include “Snap!”, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Ireland (2016);  Human body’ accident, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2015); Everyting’s Connected, Art Centre Ongoing, Tokyo, Japan (2014); Genuine Replica, Ulster Museum, Belfast (2013). Recent group exhibitions include  ART WORKS, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland (2017); Future Artist-Makers, Nerve Visual Gallery, Derry, Limerick, Madrid (2017); These Days are Persistent and Changeable, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2016); Diagrams, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2015); Out in the Open, Household Collective, Belfast (2015), Existence of flamethrowers in your street, G126, Galway, Ireland (2015); Scope Art Fair, New York (2013); Instances of Agreement, Kao Yuan Arts Centre, Taiwan (2012).