Born in Jarrow in the North East in 1965, a constant childhood scribbler, Jacquie Boyd initially studied at Newcastle before she graduated from Lincolnshire College of Art and Design in 1987, having studied illustration and graphic design.
Jacquie Boyd began her working life as a visualiser and illustrator in the advertising industry in London, a busy job which she says taught her invaluable lessons about working to tight deadlines, and how to draw quickly.
Jacquie Boyd consequently worked in agencies in Edinburgh and Newcastle, where she concentrated on developing her own children’s stories and freelance illustration work in greetings cards and editorial work for clients such as ICI, Bank of Scotland.
Jacquie then spent ten years teaching Graphic Design and Illustration at Newcastle College of Art and Design, remaining active in freelance illustration with storyboard work.
She began painting in 2002, and found immediate success with her iconic canvases in exhibitions in Newcastle. Moving into her first studio in 2004 prompted her to leave teaching to concentrate on her personal fine art work alongside her more commercial work.
She marketed her more commercial work through major trade fairs and gained regular customers across the country.
She has since enjoyed developing her style and fine art practice alongside regular educational workshops and art projects with local school children, and has had successful exhibitions in London and the north. Her first solo multimedia show in the summer of 2008 in the North East led to great critical acclaim, a show in which she examined her own childhood, teenage obsessions and effects of religious routines, through a collection of oil paintings, mixed media box sculptures, video and a stunning installation using over 300 hundred teenage dolls loaned by the public.
Jacquie Boyd’s styles are very much influenced by the working methods of her early career; her time in advertising was at the tail end of the era of magic markers, gouache, storyboarding and hand lettering, traditional methods she still employs alongside digital tools.
Jacquie’s most recent illustration work has been used by clients including The Sunday Times Magazine, GQ , Adidas, Instyle Magazine, Toyota, The Telegraph, as well as storyboard work for advertising, and her current fine art acrylic work is represented by De Montfort Fine Art and sells in their galleries across the UK.
Jacquie has recently left the ‘real world’ and now lives a very simple life currently in the Midlands on a narrowboat which is her new studio working across her illustration work, painting and developing new childrens’ book ideas and characters, in between keeping the wood burner burning, feeding swans from the windows and fetching water!