Born 1918 - 2007
Errol Boyley was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1918. He had a turbulant boyhood which led to a wanderlust in his late teenage years. This coincided with the tail-end of the Great Depression of the 1930's. He worked on casual labouring jobs, interspersed with walks lasting for months into, the then wilds, of Tongaland and Northern Zululand. He joined the natal Field Artillery at the outbreak of war in 1939.
His talent for drawing from a very early age competed with his musical interests. After he left the army his love for the electric guitar found him playing in Johannesburg in dance bands, night clubs and with the SABC. This allowed him to pursue his passion for painting during the day, and he slowly realised that this would become his lifetime love and profession.
Errol moved to Knysna in 1947 where he met the well-known artis, WG Wiles, who bacame his mentor and great influence. After a few years, realising the need to develop his own style, Errol moved to Johannesburg in the early 1950s. This was the beginning of many years of exhibitng with various galleries, one-man exhibitions and group shows. The collectors were discovering his exceptional talent.
After moving to Ramsgate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, he eventually opend his own gallery in 1978. He lived in Ramsgate for 20 years, travelling extensively on painting trips.
He ultimately returned to the city of his birth, and now lives in Winterskloof in the hills overlooking Pietermaritzburg.
Now aged 89, he leads an active painting life and holds the position of one of South Africa's eminent contemporary painters.
His passion for nature in all its moods and nuances, coupled with versatality, embraces the sea, farmlands, figures the vastness of the Karoo, the Wineldands and beauty of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.