B. 1920 - 1999
Member of the Boyd family dynasty, Arthur Boyd is a leading figure of Australian modernism. He was a member of the Antipodeans, an influential group of Melbourne artists who included Clifton Pugh, John Brack, Robert Dickerson and Charles Blackman.
Across his career, Boyd painted ghostly figures and landscapes, permeated with the human condition. In 1941 he served in World War II - an experience that indelibly shaped his work thereafter. When he returned in 1944, Boyd established the Arthur Merric Boyd Pottery Workshop in Murrumbeena, Victoria and by 1957, had conceived his iconic Half-Caste Bride series which considered Australia's violent, colonial history.
Boyd donated both his properties, as well as thousands of artworks to the Australian public. He received numerous awards, including an Order of Australia and 1993 was the subject of a major touring exhibition. His work is represented in all Australian state collections and numerous public and private collections both nationally and internationally.
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