John Boyle (1941– ) is a Canadian artist from London, Ontario. Boyle was included in the 1968-1969 travelling exhibition, Heart of London, at the National Gallery of Canada.
After studying at Teacher’s College at Western University, Boyle moved to St. Catherine’s Ontario in 1962, where he worked as an Elementary school teacher and then from 1968 onwards, as a professional artist. He developed a style as a figurative painter and a Canadian Nationalist, choosing Canadian heroes as well as ordinary Canadians, and incorporating them into backgrounds that are personally significant to him, from Owen Sound to Europe. Featuring figures spaced throughout, his work is defined by bold colours and an emphasis on pattern. He has experimented with a range of materials including pen and ink, oil and acrylic, enamelled steel, and bronze.
Boyle initiated the Niagara Artist’s Company in 1970 and was the founding spokesperson for CARO the Canadian Artists’ Representation Ontario the following year. Additionally, Boyle was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1975. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Canada, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, N.B. Confederation Centre, the Art Gallery Ontario, Hamilton Art Gallery, and the McMichael Canadian Collection.