Painting, Mixed Media

Embracing bold and colourful abstract designs, BAY is a young artist making her mark. In 2017, she was a finalist in the SALA Advertiser Contemporary Art Prize and is continuing to build an impressive body of work.

It was only recently that she discovered that many drawings from her childhood have an indigenous Polynesian aspect. Particularly repetitive line work and tiny dots painted from an aerial perspective, and larger geometric patterns commonly seen in ceremonial dress.

She now celebrates her Tongan heritage and BAY’s instinctive eye for colour and form combine to create large paintings that celebrate the healing process of mental health. Her collection ‘Mind Maps’ reflects her own journey of self-discovery and resonates with anyone seeking to better understand their identity and experiences.

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Solo Exhibitions

2017, Mind Maps, Hughes Gallery, Unley, South Australia

Group Exhibitions

2016, Little Treasures, Pepper Street Arts Centre
2016, Albert Park College Art Show, Port Melbourne, Victoria
2016, The Mission to Seafarers Art Prize, Docklands, Victoria
2016, Raw Melbourne presents VERVE, Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria
2016, The Secret Art of Life, SALA Festival, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, North Adelaide, South Australia
2016, Second Nature, SALA Festival, Mâché, Adelaide, South Australia
2016, The Advertiser Contemporary Art Prize, Finalist’s Exhibition, Keith Murdoch House, Adelaide, South Australia
2016, RAW Adelaide Presents TREND, The Producers Bar, Adelaide, South Australia


2017, F.Sitabkhan, Tap into the mental health realm with art, Weekend Notes
2017, S.Skelton, Mind Maps, Adelaide Fringe exhibition review, Mindshare
2017, M.Zabidi, Bay the Artist’s Mind Maps, Adelaide Fringe exhibition review, Collage
2016, SALA Program featured artists
2016, M.Zabidi, Artist Spotlight #6: Bay The Artist, Collage


Art as therapy with BAY the artist

26 May 2018

Art can be a powerful form of therapy, and young South Australian artist Ashton Boyd is out to prove its truth as well as break down the stigma surrounding mental health.

Ashton – also known as BAY the Artist – and fellow artist Thomas Readett have been selected by the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival, Country Health SA and the University of South Australia to undertake a three-month residency within the country mental health inpatient units located in the Glenside Health sites.

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Mind Map 'Girl'

SALA 2018 Artists-in-Residence

01 Mar 2018

Nine South Australian artists have been selected to participate in the SALA Festival 2018 artist-in-residence program at a range of leading South Australian organisations.

Country Health SA and the University of South Australia offer two residency positons at country mental health inpatient units located in the Glenside Health site. This year they will host emerging artists Thomas Readett and Ashton Boyd aka Bay the Artist in the lead up to SALA Festival.

"This residency is a great opportunity to shine a light on mental health. Art is a fantastic platform for communication and I look forward to sharing it”, said Ashton.

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BAY | Madame Flavour Tea Collaboration

22 Feb 2018

BAY's painting 'Mind Map (Sunset)' is featured on the packaging of Madame Flavour's brand new blend of tea - The Melbourne Morning Blend. The full artwork is pictured on the back of the box with a short artist bio. This beautiful tea was released as part of a new Australian range of tea blends!

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