Self-portrait, photo by Boyd McMillan.
Boyd McMillan makes artworks in drawing, painting and sculpture with a focus on the landscape and its elements. The work is often the result or the development of drawing on site and it may grow from ink drawing to acrylic on canvas or to metal and acrylic sculpture.
How the bush responds to change has been a major theme. As a participant in the Lara and Black Wednesday fires he became aware of the profound influence of fire on Australia. Witnessing and recording the response to environmental changes is a constant renewal. His training as a landscape architect added a different perspective and point of view to this conversation.
Graduating in painting in the 1970s, he pursued a joint career as artist and landscape architect from the 1980s until his recent illness and now focuses on artwork. At art school he had contact with and exposure to Indigenous understanding of painting which challenged and encouraged a fresh viewpoint. He also found method and aesthetic in East Asian art that encouraged re-examination of the portrayal of country. Over the past decade he has worked in the western Blue Mountains in Wiradjuri country, in Ngambri country in Namadgi and Kosciuszko National Parks as well as his home at Toukley in Darkinjung / Awabakal country.
McMillan is constantly making and exhibiting. His sculpture will be shown at Sculpture Bermagui 2023, 11 to 19 March, and there will be another solo show Artwalking at the Community Gallery East Gosford Regional Gallery, 19 to 24 May. Work may also be seen in the Gang Gang Gallery online exhibition.
His work is also available to view at the following social media pages: