Born in 1972 and based in Toronto, Shary Boyle graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1994 and has since traveled, lived and performed throughout Canada, Europe and the US. Her practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture and performance. Boyle is well known for her bold, fantastical explorations of the figure. Highly crafted and deeply imaginative, her multi-disciplinary practice mines the history of porcelain figurines, animist mythologies and historical portraiture to create a symbolic language uniquely her own. From sculpture to projection, she interprets her personal observations of sexuality, relationships and human vulnerability through a darkly feminist lens.
Shary Boyle's work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions including at the Power Plant (Toronto, 2006) and at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge, 2008). In 2009 her work was featured at the Fumetto Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, and included in the exhibition The Likely Fate of the Man that Swallowed the Ghost organized by the Centre Pompidou at the Conciergerie in Paris. Flesh and Blood, a national touring exhibit of her work curated by Louise Déry of the Galerie de l'UQAM, will circulate from the Art Gallery of Ontario, to l’UQAM in Montreal and The Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver in 2011. The Gardiner Museum in Toronto, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the Maison Rouge in Paris feature Boyle’s work in their 2010 and 2011 programs.
Boyle’s work is collected internationally, with pieces in the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Paisley Museum in Scotland. Boyle is the 2009 recipient of the Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO, and in 2010 won the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for her outstanding contribution to visual arts in Canada.