Artist of the month: Bruce Boyd

Artist of the Month: Bruce Boyd

Discover museum-quality, photographic art by Bruce Boyd.
Find out more about the artist.



  Blushing Bride by Bruce Boyd
Blushing Bride
Bruce Boyd
from $ 899 to $ 2,390
  Rose Iceberg by Bruce Boyd
Rose Iceberg
Bruce Boyd
from $ 899 to $ 2,390
  Pink Hibiscus by Bruce Boyd
Pink Hibiscus
Bruce Boyd
from $ 899 to $ 2,390
  Hibiscus Jelly by Bruce Boyd
Hibiscus Jelly
Bruce Boyd
from $ 999 to $ 2,690
  Poppies by Bruce Boyd
Poppies
Bruce Boyd
from $ 899 to $ 2,390
  Swan Lake by Bruce Boyd
Swan Lake
Bruce Boyd
from $ 899 to $ 2,390
  Coral Tree by Bruce Boyd
Coral Tree
Bruce Boyd
$ 359
  Red Protea by Bruce Boyd
Red Protea
Bruce Boyd
$ 239


About Bruce Boyd

Carefully Bruce Boyd steps into lake’s cool water. He carries his camera in his right hand, in his left a block of ice with red hibiscus. He plunges the block of ice into the water and, once the ice begins to break, he begins to shoot. The process is fast. Some flowers break free from their icy mantle and slip away with the current in the blink of an eye, while others remain frozen, solid and still. With each passing moment, the flower’s composition changes. Bruce Boyd captures these changes and immortalizes the beauty of the hibiscus flower, and transforms it into a unique work of art.


Artist of the month: Bruce Boyd


The making of these photographs is complex and requires lots of preparation. First, Boyd and fellow artist Tharien Smith select the flowers, which they primarily seek from their own garden in Cape Town. Then, they arrange the flowers into beautiful compositions. After which the flower compositions are frozen into blocks of ice, a process that lasts several days. Roses, hibiscus, poppies - when considering motifs, Boyd and Smith look for strong colors with delicate forms.

Bruce Boyd

For a few fleeting moments, we are treated to this preserved beauty, the past encapsulated perfectly, before the ice melts and flowers wilt.

Bruce Boyd



Their work not only attempts to capture and immortalize the beauty of the flowers, but also a special, fleeting moment. Each of their artworks are snapshots of a beautiful motif that will vanish moments after the shot. A transient instant, where the block of ice dissipates, melts within the water, and releases its magnificent contents. Of course, the cracks and air pockets that develop during the shot are completely unpredictable, making each of their artwork’s products of careful planning, yet uncontrollable coincidence.

Boyd found inspiration for his 0°C series from Japanese artists like Azuma Makoto and Kenji Shibata, who have been working with floral motifs and innovative arrangements for many years. Though his greatest influence surely remains his childhood home. His mother would arrange flowers and his father would paint them. Throughout their house the walls were flourished with floral paintings.