ARTS (Painting & Sculpt)

Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd
Australia Crest

Artist, benefactor, staunch Republican and Australian of the Year in 1995.

Boyd was born at Murrumbeena, Victoria on July 24th, 1920 into a family associated with the arts for 3 generations. His father was the potter Merric Boyd and his grandfather was the noted water-colourist Arthur Merric Boyd.

Arthur left school at 14.

In 1937 he held his first exhibition of paintings in Melbourne.

Boyd served in the army from 1941-44 during World War 11 and after the war ran a pottery with his brother-in-law.

He took up full time painting in 1949 and in 1958 his work represented Australia at the Vienna Biennale, alongside the landscapes of Arthur Streeton.

In 1960 he established his international reputation when he held an exhibition in London.

Tranquil Shoalhaven With Swan 1983
Tranquil Shoalhaven With Swan 1983

Some of his best known works are Wimmera Landscape and The Blind Nebuchadnezzar With Lion. The Melbourne Olympic Swimming Pool houses a ceramic sculpture.

His work can be found in all state galleries and the Australian National Gallery. He is also represented at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Mertz Collection in America.

His brother David is a noted potter and painter an his late brother Guy was a gifted sculptor.

Arthur Boyd was appointed AO in 1979.

He works with painting, sculpting, pottery, etching and lithography and has been referred to as a 'visionary with a strong sense of place'.

Pulpit Rock Reflections 1991
Pulpit Rock Reflections 1991

Arthur had a heart attack in Sydney in February, 1999, after arriving from England to open the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre at Bundanon on the NSW South Coast, which he and his wife bequeathed to the people of Australia in 1993. The property is on the banks of the Shoalhaven River and is valued at over $20 million. He also left over 2000 paintings, drawings and ceramics to the National Gallery.

Arthur Boyd died, aged 78, on 24th April, 1999, at Mercy Private Hospital in Melbourne.

A few days after his death two of his paintings sold at a Christie's auction in Melbourne - Shoalhaven River Bank for $200,500 and Pulpit Rock with Cows and Cockatoos for $79,500.

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