Where are they Now – Boyd McMillan (OH 1971)

Boyd McMillan (OH 1971) is an accomplished artist and creates artworks in drawing, painting and sculpture with a focus on the landscape and its elements. After being affected by the Lara and Black Wednesday fires, Boyd became aware of the profound influence of fire on Australia. His training as a landscape architect added a different perspective and point of view to this conversation. How the bush responds to change has been a major theme of his.

Boyd and his family moved to Queensland in 1972. He studied art at the Darling Downs CAE in Toowoomba, Queensland and graduated in 1976. While still at art school, his talents were noticed and he began to present solo exhibitions in a range of two and three-dimensional media including installation from 1974.  During this time, Boyd had contact with and exposure to Indigenous understanding of painting which challenged and encouraged a fresh perspective. He also found method and aesthetic in East Asian art that encouraged re-examination of the portrayal of country.

In 1985, Boyd completed a post graduate in Landscape Architecture. He created and exhibited art as part of a dual career as artist and landscape architect with a focus on landscape until 2021. He has sold and licensed many of his beautiful pieces to clients in Australia and overseas.

Boyd 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. Today, he focusses his efforts solely on his incredible artwork. Check out @boydmcmillanartwork to view Boyd’s stunning creations.

He played rugby from year one of Haileybury and found it immediately suited his physique and character. Boyd remembers the colder starts on the lower oval in the mud and the joy of playing on open dry fields as he progressed, then captained the Firsts in his final season. Boyd played for Victoria in the Under 16 and under 18 age groups and really enjoyed the higher level of rugby it opened up for him. His final game was against Xavier which was a great win for the bloods and a fantastic finish to his playing days.

We look forward, Boyd, to learning more about your impressive artistic journey as well as hearing about your rugby days at Haileybury, at the OHA Rugby Reunion on Saturday 17 June.

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