Kay Boyce was born in Sheffield. As a child she would often spend hours at a time drawing on rolls of wallpaper; this was the beginning of her passion for art.
Kay studied illustration at Wrexham College before working as a freelance illustrator. She produced editorial work for Women’s Weekly, Bella, My Weekly, Sunday Express and Woman’s Own. Her illustration work has carried her through to major book publishers such as Hodder and Staughton, Wadsworth Romantics, Mills and Boon and Mandarin. Although Kay is proud of her achievement in commercial illustration her true vocation is as an artist.
Kay’s career as an artist has flourished; her pastel and pencil drawings have become instantly recognisable, and her work has graced private collections for many years. She is now firmly established as a leading figurative artist.
Her delicate use of pastels and love of antique clothes and fabrics lend a soft feminine quality to her work which appeals to men and women alike.
Having trained in Ballet and contemporary dance (and now Salsa), it is this that has given Kay an insight into her subject and an aptitude for reproducing it.
During Kay’s illustration period, she also produced fine art paintings and drawings that have been exhibited at various galleries and exhibitions around the UK including, The AOI Gallery and Barbican Centre, London, The Science & Industry Museum, Manchester, Gateway and Bearsteps, Shrewsbury as well as Ludlow, Knutsford and Chester. Her paintings have been sold throughout the USA and Europe.
Kay completed a project for RADA which included portraits of 23 famous actors and actresses with the final work being assessed and approved by Sir Richard Attenborough.
Solomon & Whitehead have published several limited edition prints of Kay’s work.