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7 facts about Arthur Boyd

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By Gwylym Owen

Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd AC OBE (24 July 1920 – 24 April 1999) was a leading Australian painter of the center to late 20th century. Boyd’s achievement ranges from impressionist renderings of Australian landscape to starkly expressionist figuration, and many canvases feature both. Several famous works set Biblical stories adjoining the Australian landscape, such as The Expulsion (1947–48), now at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Having a mighty social conscience, Boyd’s act out deals once humanitarian issues and universal themes of love, loss and shame.

Boyd was a supporter of the Antipodeans, a work of Melbourne painters that as a consequence included Clifton Pugh, David Boyd, John Brack, Robert Dickerson, John Perceval and Charles Blackman.

The Boyd Family descent of successive and connective artists includes painters, sculptors, architects and supplementary arts professionals, commencing taking into consideration Boyd’s grandmother Emma Minnie Boyd and her husband Arthur Merric Boyd, Boyd’s father Merric and mommy Doris; ‘She was the backbone of the family’ recalls Boyd “without her, the entire relations would have fallen apart”, uncle Penleigh Boyd (and his son, Arthur’s cousin, Robin), uncle Martin Boyd, and siblings Guy, David and Lucy. His supplementary sister Mary Boyd, married first John Perceval, and then forward-thinking Sidney Nolan, both artists. Boyd’s wife, Yvonne Boyd (née Lennie) is also a painter; as are their children Jamie, Polly, and Lucy.

In 1993, Arthur and Yvonne Boyd gave family properties comprising 1,100 hectares (2,700 acres) at Bundanon upon the Shoalhaven River to the people of Australia. Held in trust, Boyd higher donated further property, artwork, and the copyright to everything of his work.

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