Marcus Boyle

Consent, Contract, Exploitation, (three channel video installation).  The Photographers' Gallery

I am a visual artist whose practice lays bare my own process, exploring the struggle to find a way into a subject and questioning my motives and ethics. From a conceptual point of view, I am interested in the dynamic between my personal motivation, my ambitions and how they support and conflict with my subject. Capturing moments seemingly not for camera, my films provide a framework to consider the extent of how much we exploit and manipulate people by revealing the power dynamic of relationships.

Alongside my art practice I provide Experiential Phototherapy workshops at three London based rehab clinics.

I am currently engaged in a year-long studio residency at The Florence Trust which culminates in a curated exhibition and publication in July 2018.

My work has appeared on the BBC, Channel4 and Dazed Digital and been commissioned by Bombay Sapphire.  In 2013 I was shortlisted for The Artist’s Cut a film industry led programme in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts.  In 2015, The Photographers’ Gallery exhibited my graduate artist film for their competition dedicated to new talent, Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed.


·     1986-1989  Diploma Preliminary Art & Design, Withens Lane College of Art, Wallasey 

·     1989-1991  OND Graphic Design, Withens Lane College of Art, Wallasey 

·     1991-1993  HND Graphic Design, Nene College of Art & Design, Northampton 

·     1990-1992  BA Hons Graphic Design, Liverpool College of Art

·     1992-1996  Lives in London working as Graphic Designer in Television

·     1996-2004  Lives in London working as Director in Television

·     2004-2008  Lives in New York and Los Angeles working as Director in Television

·     2009-2012  Lives in London and Paris working as Creative Director

·     2012-2014  MA Photography, London College of Communication 

Selected Exhibitions & Screenings

·      2017  Florence Trust residency, Highbury, London

·       2017  Traces, FreeSpace Project, Kentish Town Health Centre, London

·       2015  Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

·       2013  The Artist’s Cut, shortlisted, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Gateshead

·       2013  Alan as part of Totem: Trajectories in Tragedy, Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent

·       2013  Sanskara (Steelite Pavilion, with Corinne Felgate) British Ceramic Biennial, Staffordshire

·       2013  No Guts No Glory, LOOK/13, Liverpool International Photography Festival

Selected Commissions 

·      2017  Phototherapy Workshops, 12 weeks, Steps2Recovery 

·      2016  Guest Speaker, University of Westminster, Photography BA Hons, London

·      2015  Phototherapy Workshops, 10 weeks, Cranstoun City Road 

·      2015  Artist film collaboration with Corinne Felgate, The Factory of Things, Camden Arts Centre

·      2014  In Conversation, Yinka Shonibare MBE & Iwona Blazwich, (Director Whitechapel Gallery), documentary Director

·      2013  Photographic Collaboration with Florence Peake for Orpheus Twice at David Roberts Foundation, London

·      2013  Short Film (Alan as part of Totem: Trajectories in Tragedy, Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent

·      2011  Director Joe Wright, photographic Portraiture Commission

·      2011  Actor Jo Hartley, photographic Portraiture Commission

·      2011  Actor Peter Sullivan, photographic Portraiture Commission

·      2007  Noise (feature film), photographic portraiture commission by Warner Brothers & Henry Bean.


·     2001  BBC2 Greenlight Award – nominee

·     2001  Broadcast Award for best satellite, cable & digital documentary - nominee

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