Errol Boyley was born in Pietermartizburg in 1918. He had a turbulent 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 outbread 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 or the electric guitar (this instrument was then in its infancy) 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. He officially became an artist at the age of 29 by profession.
Errol Boyley moved to Knysna in 1947 where he met the well-known artist W G Wiles, who became his mentor and great influence. After a few years, realising the need to develop his own style, Errol Boyley moved to Johannesburg in the early 1950s. This was the beginning of many years of exhibiting 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 opened his own gallery in 1978. He lived in Ramsgate for 20 years, traveling extensively on painting trips.
He ultimately returned to the city of his birth, Winterskloof in the hills overlooking Petermartizburg. He lead an active painting life and hods the position of one of South Africa's eminent Master Painters.
His passion for nature in all its moods and nuances, coupled with versatility, embraces the sea, farmlands, figures, the vastness of the Karoo, the Winelands and beauty of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. His paintings epitomize a sense of liveliness and variety of tone and colour with richness, truth and deep accuracy.
The Fisheries - Saldanha Bay West Coast
Size Medium Price Code
125 x 75cm Oil R275 000 Beautifully Framed EB11
Cooling Towers - Colenso
Size Medium Price Code
54 x 36cm Oil R52 800 Beautifully Framed EB10
Autumn in the Dargle One of the last paintings painted before Errol's passing