Stan Boyle Retrospective Exhibition
Stan Boyle passed away in March and to honour him and his art, David Lloyd held a retrospective exhibition at his gallery in July.
It was well attended by friends, colleagues, and members of the WSA and Chinese Friendship Society who enjoyed the exhibition, poems, and personal momentos on display.
Stan's prints were primarily woodcuts, drypoints and etchings with aquatint. Among his most interesting drypoints were the Pirongia series in which he used power tools -- drill and angle grinder -- to gouge his image into the zinc plate.
All works were loaned by his family and friends.
Stan had strong ties with China and travelled there annually over 16 years, the last time in 2011. He had a love affair with its people, landscape and its culture and consequently his Chinese prints featured strongly. He was a member of the China Friendship Society in Hamilton.
Stan also had a love of literature and wrote many poems. Some of them that related to the Chinese prints were displayed. These caught the imagination of the viewers.
The exhibition, curated by David and Marion Manson, was presented in the following subject groups, People, Landscapes, and China.
One corner of the gallery featured prints and plates by Stan’s grand children, so its good to know the tradition is continuing.
It was a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much and was an active member of the Waikato Arts Society. He served on the committee for several years, and both studied and taught etching.