Roy Boyd Gallery opened its doors in the summer of 1972. Roy Boyd has served as director from the beginning and his wife Ann Boyd came on board as co-director in 1981. The gallery's move to River North in 1979 helped to mark that location as Chicago's premier art district. This August the gallery celebrates 39 years in business.
Roy Boyd Gallery has been a champion of contemporary abstraction, and to this day chooses artists whose focus is on abstract paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. Their artists range from the emerging to the seasoned and mature. There is a strong group of artists from the Chicago area but the stable extends throughout the U.S. and internationally. Not all of the artists fit neatly into the abstraction category as some deal with the figure, landscapes and conceptual concerns. A core group has been represented for more than 30 years. Foremost are painters William Conger and Sarah Krepp and sculptor Joel Perlman, whose 27' tall sculpture stands in the Bank of America building on Madison Avenue, in Chicago.
Roy and Ann live where they work. In a townhouse on Wells Street, the gallery is located on two levels and the living space occupies the two top floors. The gallery also boasts an intimate sculpture garden in the back. Over the years, tours of the upstairs living area have become an important experience for those who need to see abstract work in a domestic environment. As Roy and Ann live with the artists' work, they share with collectors the experience of seeing that one piece of artwork does not usurp the integrity of another. This helps visitors to envision the work in their own home.
Both Roy and Ann continue to be active in the Chicago Art Dealers Association, an arts organization comprised of the city's foremost dealers of the visual arts. In addition to having served on the board, Roy was President of the organization for 4 years. The gallery participates in CADA events including extended hours on First Thursdays.
"The joy of our relationships with our artists and collectors has become the significant part of our lives," says Ann Boyd. "We feel most fortunate to be involved with people who have so enriched us and we deeply appreciate all those
who continue to add meaning and commitment to the art world."