Arthur Boyd is one of the most celebrated artists in Australia’s cultural history. He spent his youth painting idyllic impressionist landscapes and portraits of the places and people that surrounded him in Victoria. The onset of World War II was the catalyst for the dramatic shift towards the highly expressive and personal style, which characterised his painting from during the 1940s onwards. Boyd’s images of the deprivation of modern urban society in the war years were infused with Old Testament narrative, and were influenced by German Expressionism, Surrealism and the northern European painting tradition. In the 1950s his poetic depiction of the luminous Wimmera landscape transformed the surface of his paintings with the rich combination of oil, tempera and resin, reflecting his constant experimentation with differing materials and modes of expression. In 1959 Boyd began to explore the medium of printmaking, producing etchings, lithographs and illustrated books. Later in life Boyd purchased a property on the Shoalhaven River where his depictions of the infinite variety of this magnificent landscape fueled his artistic imagination until his death in 1999.
Boyd has had hundreds of exhibitions and his works are highly sought after by leading private and public collectors. He is represented in every public collection in Australia and many international public and corporate collections.