After studying at Western University and teaching elementary school for several years, London artist John Boyle left the world he formerly knew in 1968 to pursue a career in art. He became a large part of the Canadian art scene in the 1960’s, as a founding member of the Canadian Artist Representation organization, and was included in the National Gallery of Canada 1960s in Canada exhibition. Boyle’s use of subject matter is strongly nationalistic and mythologizing. The featured piece, Head of a Woman, addresses the struggle of the First Nations Peoples of Canada. In many of his pieces one can see the rejection of taboo subjects which Boyle addresses in a blunt manner, using intense colours to further an emotional response. Head of a Woman is stretched over a shaped wooden board, forgoing the usual norm of using a square or rectangular canvas.