Martin Boyle Launch Project


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”.
Slavka Sverakova

Boyle assembles images and objects in a playful and performative manner. The bechance images he takes play on the line between objective and subjective, familiar and unfamiliar. The concept of the work often ties into the process of the encounter, with the potential for things to be read in other ways, or be revealed differently under different conditions.

The work realised as conceptual interventions, reflects human behaviour in society, making connections between things by identifying patterns, sequences, and rhythms in the subject matter he sees.

Delivered with dry humour, titles deliberately depart from the real towards the made up. Misspelt words, bad grammar and puns are often used to springboard the imagination into other possibilities of thinking. His images can appear at times to look computer manipulated, generating doubt to what has been found, and what has been fabricated by the artist.



Martin 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 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).