Graham Boyd returns to Bushey

IN delapidated studios which once housed the former pupils of Hubert Von Herkomer, Graham Boyd set out on a creative journey which would bring him back to where he started half a decade later.

After two years out in 1950's Rhodesia, Graham took up residence at Meadow Studios, Bushey, where he forged a formidable style in abstract painting.

The early works which laid the foundations for the following decades can now be seen in the small but illuminating show Visual Metaphors at Bushey Museum. The large oil paintings occupying one room shed light on Graham's preoccupation with the science of colour and the breaking down of structures to single elements, repeated across a surface.

The paintings embody a tension which recalls electric storms and bush fires in Rhodesia; a theme which continues into Graham's present day work. A combination of the space and the creative ambience of Meadow Studios also had a hugely significant effect on his work in a period of successive innovations.

Trained as an illustrator, the exhibition also includes beautiful character drawings, a time-based display of Graham's working methods, and a small black and white photograph of the artist at Meadow Studios.

A familar figure to many in Hertfordshire, Graham is also known for setting up and leading the fine art degree course at the University of Hertfordshire. Now in his early 80's, he continues to paint in acrylic at his Chipperfield studio. His work appears in collections throughout the world.

Bushey Museum & Art Gallery, Rudolph Road, Bushey, Herts WD23 3HW. Exhibition runs until April 11th. Open Thursday to Sunday 11am - 4pm. Call Bushey Museum on 0208 950 3233.