Mark Boyle & Joan Hills Untitled Construction (Junk Piece - Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory...) 1963 © Joan Hills / Estate of Mark Boyle. All Rights Reserved. DACS, London 2023. Reproduced courtesy private collection on long term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland.


Born 1934
Died 2005
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Glasgow

Mark Boyle was born in Glasgow. During the 1960s he collaborated with his partner Joan Hills (born 1931) in making assemblages of junk and found objects, before moving on to produce replicas of sections of the Earth. Their project Journey to the Surface of the Earth was launched in 1968 - 69. After being blindfolded, they threw darts at a world map, in order to pinpoint 1,000 areas of the Earth's surface to duplicate. On travelling to a selected site, the Boyles would throw a T-square in the air to select a random area to replicate. In the 1970s their two children (Sebastian, born 1962 and Georgia, born 1963) assisted in producing these works; together they operated under the name 'Boyle Family'.