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									                                                                                                                                                    ARTHUR BOYD - A VISUAL TIMELINE




Open Country cottage, Murrumbeena, c1917                                                            The ‘brown room’ at Open Country cottage
                                                                                                    1917-19 with sculpture The Prodigal Son by
                                              Merric Boyd’s eight fire box kiln at Open Country,    Merric Boyd.
  Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd               Murrumbeena, c1917
  is born at Murrumbeena, a                                                                                                                      Following the death of his wife
  suburb of Melbourne, to Mer-                  Arthur’s father Merric Boyd- the                                                                 Emma Minnie Arthur’s grandfa-
  ric and Doris Boyd (ceramicist                father of Australian studio pot-                                                                 ther, Arthur Merric Boyd, moves
  and painter respectively). His                tery- experiments with high heat                                                                 to Rosebud on the Mornington
  grandparents Arthur Merric                    in a gas kiln. There is a fire at the                 Arthur leaves Murrumbeena                  Peninsula. Arthur lives with him
  and Emma Minnie are also                      kiln, the pottery, studio kiln and                    state school, where he won                 for three years, painting land-
  artists. Arthur grows up at                   recipes for glazes are destroyed.                     the First Award for Art for                scapes and family portraits with
  Open Country in an environ-                   Merric suffers a breakdown and                        three years in a row. He                   his grandfather’s encourage-          Studio at Open Country designed by Robin Boyd
  ment where everyone is                        his epilepsy worsens.                                 works in his uncle’s paint                 ment. He has a boat for explor-
                                                                                                      factory, and his wages are                                                        Arthur’s grandfather commissions
  encouraged to paint, draw                                                                                                                      ing the bay and the creeks. He
                                                                                                      used to support the family.                                                       cousin, architect Robin Boyd, to
  or model in clay. The Brown                   “My mother ...was the backbone of                                                                makes a cart for carrying all his
                                                our family. Without her, our life would               He paints portraits of his                                                        design a studio at Open Country
  Room is the focus of family                                                                                                                    painting equipment behind him
                                                have fallen to pieces” Arthur Boyd                    siblings and self portraits.                                                      for Arthur to live and work in.
  life.                                                                                                                                          on a bike.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Arthur, together with his brothers
                                                                                                                                                                                        Guy and David, builds the studio.




       24 JULY 1920                          1926                                                  1934                                                   1936                       1938




      Merric Boyd
      Figure of Arthur Boyd age                                                                     House at Murrumbeena 1934
      three years 1923                                                                              Oil on board
                                           Storm Sky 1933
      Ceramic                              Oil on board
                                           First oil painting by Arthur Boyd
                                                                                                                                                                                        Pastoral landscape with fence c1936
                                                                                                                                                   Self portrait 1935                   Oil on canvas
                                                                                                                                                   Oil on canvas                                                              Page 1
                                                                                                       Arthur Boyd’s studio at Open Country,        The Grange Mural - detail
                                                                                                       c1945: from left, Matcham Skipper, Myra
Yvonne Lennie and Arthur Boyd in Bendigo 1941                                                          Skipper, Joy Hester, Yvonne Lennie, Arthur                                                  Family and friends at Open Country, c1951
                                                                                                       Boyd, David Boyd, photo Albert Tucker         Arthur’s uncle, the writer                    l to r back; Hatton Beck, Merric Boyd, David
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Boyd, ; centre Yvonne and son Jamie Boyd,
                                                  AMB Pottery Muurumbeena. John Percival top                                                         Martin Boyd, returns from                     unidentified, John Perceval, Mary Boyd, Lucy
                                                  LHS, Neil Douglas top RHS. Arthur Boyd decorating
                                                  tea pot set lower LHS                                                                              Europe. He commissions                        Boyd(with child), Guy Boyd; front: Joy Hester,
                                                                                                         On 6 March 1945 Arthur                      Arthur to paint the Grange                    Arthur Boyd, Doris Boyd, source unknown.
  Arthur endures army service.                                                                           and Yvonne are married.
  He meets painter Yvonne Len-                                                                                                                       Mural,incorporating the
                                                                                                         Arthur paints portraits of                  biblical stories of Susannah
  nie, his future wife, and other                                                                        friends and family. The                                                                     Arthur and his family visit Horsham
  artists, including Sidney Nolan,                 Arthur lives at Murrumbeena                                                                       and the Elders, The Prodigal                    and the Wimmera. National gallery
                                                                                                         Brown Room is a meeting                     Son and the Assumption,
  John Perceval, Joy Hester and                    with Yvonne from 1944. He                             place for artists, poets and                                                                of Victoria purchases Irrigation Lake,
  Albert Tucker. He exhibits with                  establishes the AMB pottery with                                                                  at the old family home at                       Wimmera. Arthur returns to Open
                                                                                                         philosophers. Arthur meets                  Harkaway, outside Mel-
  the Contemporary Art Society in                  John Perceval, Neil Douglas and                       European refugees such as                                                                   Country and works on large painted
  Melbourne.                                       others.                                                                                           bourne.                                         tiles.
                                                                                                         artist Yosl Bergner.



   1941-44                                      1944                                              1945-6                                                      1948-9                              1950




                                                                                                                                                    Above
Still life with piano 1940
                                                                                                                                                    Figure study incomplete Prodigal son? 1948
Oil
                                                                                                                                                    Oil
                                                 Jug with church and country road c1940
                                                 Ceramic                                                                                                                                  Right
                                                                                                      Portrait of Yvonne Boyd 1945                                 Plate, Angel and ramox 1948
                                                                                                      Oil on canvas                                                                    Ceramic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Page 2
                                                                                                                         Photo left
                                                                                                                         Arthur Boyd in his studio in London,
                                                                                                                         1962, photo: Alex Poignant,




                                                                                                                                            Arthur’s work includes theatre
                                                                                                                                            design, paintings and ceram-
                                                                                                                                            ics. He takes his first and only
Aboriginal home 1950s                                                                                                                       flight to Paris with Sidney Nolan
                                                                                                                                            and Barry Humphries in 1966
                                                                                                                                            for a major Picasso show. Open
                                                                                             Arthur receives immediate
                                                                                                                                            Country is sold and Adelaide
                                                Photo: Arthur Boyd working on maquette       critical acclaim with his first                                                                   Photo, Arthur Boyd painting at his easel, c1970
                                                                                                                                            Festival retrospective of Boyd’s
                                                for Olympic sculpture, 1955                  solo exhibition in London
                                                                                                                                            work held. The Boyds travel to
                                                                                             of mostly Half-caste Bride
                                               Arthur continues ceramic pro-                                                                Europe, visiting Assisi, leading                    In England, Arthur spends time at his
                                                                                             paintings in August 1960.
                                               duction and painting, including                                                              to the St Francis series.                           house in Suffolk painting landscapes.
                                                                                             He continues work on the
                                               major ceramic commission for                                                                                                                     A print retrospective at Maltzan Gal-
                                                                                             Bride paintings and prints.
                                               Melbourne Olympics in 1956.                                                                  Arthur signed a petition protest-                   lery is held in London. Lysistrata col-
Photo: Arthur Boyd with Bridegroom and                                                       He designs sets and cos-
Gargoyles, 1958                                Represents Australia with Sir                                                                ing about Australia’s involve-                      laboration is commenced with Peter
                                                                                             tumes for Robert Helpmann’s
                                               Arthur Streeton at the 1958                                                                  ment in the Vietnam War- his                        Porter in 1970. He returns to Aus-
                                                                                             ballet Electra. Retrospective
                                               Venice Biennale. The Antipode-                                                               son Jamie is of an age for serv-                    tralia, travelling in Victoria, NSW and
 Arthur travels to the Central                                                               exhibition held at London’s
                                               ans Exhibition is launched and                                                               ice. He begins the Nebuchadn-                       Queensland. He reviews the collection
 Australia, where he experi-                                                                 Whitechapel Gallery. Mother
                                               Merric Boyd dies. In November                                                                ezzar paintings, attributing the                    of drawings made by his father in the
 ences Aborigines for the first                                                              Doris Boyd dies in 1960.
                                               1959 he travels with his family                                                              series to anti-war protests.                        last years of his life and saved from
 time. He is shocked by their                                                                Arthur joins the Campaign
                                               to England, supported by a sti-                                                              Franz Phillips’ Arthur Boyd                         Open Country. He produces The Pot-
 living conditions.                                                                          for Nuclear Disarmament
                                               pend from Australian Galleries.                                                              monograph is published.                             ter series in homage to his parents.
                                                                                             protest.



          1951                              1955-59                                      1960-62                                                1963 to 1967                            1968-70




                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Potter throwing a black figure 1968-9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Etching
Ceramic painting, Draft of fishes 1950-52
Ceramic



                                                                                                    Lovers on fire in boat with kite 1965
                                               Olympic sculpture completed 1956                                                                                 Nebuchadnezzar with blue flowers and white dog
                                                                                                    Oil on canvas
                                               Ceramic                                                                                                          c1969
                                                                                                                                                                Oil on canvas                                                                    Page 3
                                                                          Riversdale, mid 1976c


                                                                             In England Arthur continues work
Bundanon Homestead circa 1970                                                inspired by Shoalhaven landscape,
                                                                             including paintings questioning his
                                     Arthur returns to Canberra                                                                       Arthur Boyd in his studio at Riversdale, in the 1970s in front
                                                                             calling as an artist. Major exhibition at                of a painting of Arthur’s Hill.
                                     early 1972 and paints plein
                                                                             Fischer Fine Art, London is held.
  Arthur leaves England to take      air using landscape, figures
                                                                             He buys Riversdale on the banks of
  up a Creative Arts Fellowship      in landscape and the col-
                                                                             the Shoalhaven near Bundanon and                         Inspired by the election of Gough Whitlam, Arthur presents a
  at ANU in October. He looks        ours and high key tones of
                                                                             adds to the buildings to create a home                   major gift of paintings, ceramics, prints and drawings to the
  at properties around Can-          the Shoalhaven. He returns
                                                                             and studio.                                              National Gallery of Australia. He continues Shoalhaven artworks
  berra and visits Bundanon in       to England and decides to
                                                                             He returns to Australia in October                       and collaborates with poet Peter Porter on The Lady and the
  late 1971 for two weeks as         establish an Australian base
                                                                             1974; lives at Eearie Park while work                    Unicorn, their second joint work. Porter’s visit to Riversdale also
  the guest of owners Frank          on the Shoalhaven River.
                                                                             at Riversdale is completed. He sees                      results in a third collaboration, Narcissus. Returning to England
  McDonald and Sandra and            He asks Frank McDonald to
                                                                             the Shoalhaven River in flood for the                    he has a major exhibition at Fischer Fine Art, London. He begins
  Tony McGrath. Bundanon has         look out for properties in the
                                                                             first time, which delays the move into                   the Narcissus series in 1977.
  a profound effect on Arthur.       vicinity of Bundanon.
                                                                             Riversdale until May 1975.




          1971                     1972                               1973-4                                                                               1975-77




                                      Suffolk landscape 1972
                                      Oil

                                                                        Waterfall and rock face at Shoal-
                                                                        haven Valley 1975                   The Lady and the Unicorn -
                                                                        Watercolour and gouache on paper    The Unicorn and the Ark 1973-4
                                                                                                            Etching and aquatint                                                  Reflected kangaroo c1976
                                                                                                                                                                                  Oil on canvas
Landscape with white figure 1972
Oil on canvas                                                                                                                                                                                                Page4
                                                                                                                                             Arthur painting in the Shoalhaven bush c1980s      Bundanon Homestead, c1985

                                                                                                 Shoalhaven Spring Festival 1982

                                                                                                                                               Arthur returns to Australia and
                                                                                                                                               Bundanon in February. He                         He returns to England. The Shoal-
                                                                                                                                               paints a series of large, iconic                 haven works are shown at Austral-
                                                                                                       Arthur returns to England in                                                             ian Galleries in Melbourne and
                                                                                                                                               Shoalhaven images based
                                              Arthur Boyd building his studio at Bundanon,             early 1982. He makes the fam-                                                            Holdsworth Gallery in Sydney.
                                                                                                                                               on the river and bush around
                                              c1981                                                    ily house in Paretaio,Tuscany,
                                                                                                                                               Bundanon. He is commissioned
                                                                                                       available to the Australia Council                                                       Seven Persistent Images exhibition
                                                                                                                                               to design the tapestry for Great
Bundanon Homestead, c1979                                                                              for artists travelling overseas.                                                         shows at Australian National Gal-
                                                                                                                                               Hall of New Parliament House.
                                                Arthur opposes sand min-                               Sandra McGrath’s The Artist and                                                          lery, drawn from the 1975 Arthur
                                                                                                                                               He creates 16 canvases for the
  Arthur and Yvonne Boyd                        ing on the Shoalhaven River.                           the River published. Bundanon                                                            Boyd gift. It tours nationally through
                                                                                                                                               foyer of Victorian Arts Centre.
  puchase Bundanon from                         He starts to consider giving                           is open to the public for the first                                                      to 1986. The film Arthur Boyd in
  Sandra and Tony McGrath                       Bundanon away to the people                            time in September 1982 as                                                                the Landscape is made for London
                                                                                                                                               He is made Honorary Doctor
  and Frank McDonald in the                     of Australia. Arthur builds his                        part of the Shoalhaven Spring                                                            Weekend Television.
                                                                                                                                               of Letters, University of Mel-
  summer of 1979.                               studio at Bundanon.                                    Festival.
                                                                                                                                               bourne.


                                                                                                   1982-83
        1978-9                           1980-1                                                                                                 1984                                     1985




                                        Shoalhaven landscape c1979
                                        Oil on canvas,



                                                                                               Right
                                                                     Crucifixion and rose 1979-80
Untitled (Shoalhaven landscape) c1978                                                 Oil on canvas                                          Curved body, Skull and Black Creek 1983
Ink drawing on paper                                                                                                                                                                   Hanging rocks and bathers 1985
                                                                                                                                                                                       Oil on canvas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Page5
                          Arthur and Yvonne
                          Boyd on the balcony of
                          Bundanon Homestead
                          photo: Greg Weight,
                          1993
                                                       Arthur and Yvonne Boyd in the kitchen at Bundanon.
                                                       photo: Greg Weight, 1993
Ursula Hoff’s The Art of Arthur
Boyd is published. Arthur
represents Australia at the                                                                                                                                          Arthur Boyd and Prime Minister Paul Keating at Bundanon

43rd Venice Biennale in 1988                       At the memorial service for Sir Sidney
                                                                                                                   Portrait of Arthur Boyd
with eight major works. He is                      Nolan on 28 January 1993, Prime Minister                        photo: Greg Weight, 1993
commissioned to paint Earth                        Paul Keating announced the Australian                                                                    On 26 January 1995 Prime Minister Paul Keating
and Fire for the cover of TIME                     Government’s acceptance of Arthur and                                                                    announces Arthur Boyd as Australian of the Year
Magazine 28 November 1988                          Yvonne Boyd’s gift of Bundanon and the                                                                   for his contribution to Australian art and the gen-
                                                                                                                     Bundanon’s artist in residence pro-
issue. He paints The Austral-                      intention to establish the Bundanon Trust.                                                               erosity of his many gifts to the Australian people.
                                                                                                                     gram is advertised nationally. Janet
ian Scapegoat. The Boyd’s                          Trustees are established by the Australian                                                               Testament of a Painter is filmed. The Boyds return
                                                                                                                     McKenzie’s Arthur Boyd at Bundanon
begin to discuss the gifting of                    Govenrment to oversee the operation of                                                                   to Australia by container ship in May and Arthur
                                                                                                                     published. Arthur Boyd Retrospective
Bundanon with Federal Arts                         Bundanon Trust. Arthur Boyd Retrospective                                                                receives his award in person from the Prime Min-
                                                                                                                     exhibition tours nationally.
Minister Clyde Holding.                            held at AGNSW.                                                                                           ister at Bundanon in August.




      1986-90                                          1993                                                    1994                                                       1995




 Nebuchadnezzar blind on a starry night
                                                                                          Sangkuriang prints - Volcano 1993
 1992-3, Collagraph
                                                                                          Collagraph



                                                                                                                                                                           Night of the piranhas 1995
                                                                                                                                                                           Oil on canvas
                                            Peter’s fish and crucifixion 1993
                                            Oil on canvas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Page 6
                                                          The Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre
                                                          Riversdale c1998
                                                                                                                          Construction of Artist in residence complex, Bundanon. with                    Arthur and Yvonne Boyd at Bundanon.
                                                           Late February, Arthur arrives at Bun-                          Barn Studio and Study Centre                                                               photo: Greg Weight, 1993

                                                           danon. Recent paintings, sculpture and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Arthur returns to Australia intending to attend
                                                           etchings held at Australian Galleries,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the opening of the Boyd Education Centre.
                                                           Sydney, during June and July. Arthur
                                                                                                                            In January, Arthur is named Australia                                Upon arrival in Sydney, Arthur is admitted to
  Arthur Boyd painting in his studio at Bundanon 1993      Boyd: Family and Friends, from the Bun-
                                   photo: David Chalker                                                                     Post’s 1999 Australian Legend and is rep-                            hospital and suffers a cardiac arrest. Arthur
                                                           danon Collection, tours nationally from
                                                                                                                            resented on a stamp set. In February the                             partly recovers and the Boyds go on to Mel-
                                                           October 1997 to October 1998. Con-
                                                                                                                            Artist in Residence Complex at Bundanon                              bourne . Arthur suffers another heart attack
                                                           struction of the Boyd Education Centre
   Late February, Arthur returns to                                                                                         is opened by Arthur Boyd. The Boyds                                  and passes away on 24 April 1999, aged 78.
                                                           commences at Riversdale. The building
   England; Arthur Boyd: Sixty years                                                                                        leave Bundanon, Arthur for the last time,                            A memorial service is held at the National
                                                           of the Artist in Residence Complex at
   of sleepless nights tours.                                                                                               to return to England.                                                Gallery of Australia in Canberra on 27 May
                                                           Bundanon commences.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 1999.




1996                                                      1997                                                        1998                                                                     1999




                                                                      The journey 1996
                                                                      Etching
                                                                                                                                                                                          REFERENCES:
                                                                                                                                           Timeline of Arthur Boyd and Bundanon Trust by David Chalker
                                                                                                                                                           Boyd Collection and Bundanon Trust archives
                                                                                                                                                                    Arthur Boyd- A Life, Darleen Bungey

                                                                         Bundanon Trust administers the copyright of Arthur Boyd. The majority of the images displayed here are from the Collection and
 The Prodigal Son - River 1996
                                                                         archives of the Bundanon Trust. Permission is given to education groups for the printing and use of this resource for educational
 Etching
                                                                                                                                                                                                 purposes.   Nodding Greenhood painted 1997, dated 1999

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