Arthur Boyd

Arthur Boyd b. 1920 d. 1999

Arthur Boyd was a leading Australian painter of the late twentieth century and a member of the gifted Boyd family. He was a member of the Antipodeans, a group of Melbourne artists which included Clifton Pugh, John Brack, Robert Dickerson and Charles Blackman.

Arthur Boyd began painting at an early age and attended night classes at the National Gallery School in 1935.  He painted with his grandfather from 1936 - 1939.  Following the outbreak of World War II, Boyd was conscripted and served in the Army from 1941 to 1944.Upon his return, Boyd established the Arthur Merric Boyd Pottery Workshop in Murrumbeena, Victoria.  During the 1950s Boyd began painting poetic landscapes and by 1957 had begun his controversial Half-Caste Bride series, which portrayed Boyd’s observations of Aboriginal people  in Australia. From 1959-71 Boyd lived in Sussex, England, where he continued to paint images of Australia.  Upon his return, he purchased a property in Bundanon, Southern New South Wales, where he painted many of his later landscapes.

Throughout his lifetime Boyd generously donated both his properties and thousands of works to the Australian public. He was awarded many prizes and awards, including an Order of Australia and a Retrospective exhibition travelled Australia in 1993. Boyd's work is represented in the NGA, all state galleries, many regional galleries and numerous public and private collections, both nationally and internationally.