Arthur Boyd

Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd AC OBE (24 July 1920 – 24 April 1999) was a leading Australian painter of the late 20th century. Boyd's work ranges from impressionist renderings of Australian landscape to starkly expressionist figuration, and many canvases feature both. Several famous works set Biblical stories against the Australian landscape, such as The Expulsion (1947–48), now at Art Gallery of New South Wales.Wikipedia. 





He attended occasional night classes at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, but was mostly taught by his family, and in particular his artist grandfather Arthur Boyd, with whom he lived at Rosebud, Victoria from 1936 to 1938. His first solo exhibition was held in Melbourne in 1937.
During a brief service in the army, Boyd formed friendships with Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, John Perceval and John and Sunday Reed, associations that would continue throughout his life. In 1945 he married Yvonne Lennie. In 1959 Boyd relocated with his wife and three children to England, and in 1962 was given a retrospective exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. In 1967 Thames and Hudson published Franz Philipp's major monograph Arthur Boyd. Boyd revisited Australia in 1968 and continued to divide his time between Europe and Australia.
In 1993 Boyd donated his one thousand hectare property, Bundanon, to the nation as well as several thousand works of art from five generations of Boyd's and other Australian artists.(Etching House )








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