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Arthur Boyd, Bundanon, New South Wales, 1995 (printed 2000)

David Moore

gelatin silver photograph on paper

Arthur Boyd AC (1920-1999), was one of Australia's best-loved painters, producing thousands of works, principally landscapes and mythological scenes, before his death at the age of 78. Boyd had little formal training as an artist, but learned much from his artistic family and friends. Through the 1930s and 1940s he scraped a living making pots, tiles and other ceramics. His first major work was a mural commissioned by his uncle, writer Martin Boyd, in 1948; his first wide recognition came a subsequent series of landscapes of the Berwick and Wimmera regions. In 1959 he moved his family to London, and triumphed there at his first exhibition in 1960 with his 'Bride' series. He returned to Australia in 1971 after exhibiting frequently in England and Europe. During a two-year artist-in-residency position at ANU he painted his friend, 'Professor Manning Clark at Wapengo' (1972), one of the gentlest and finest of his many searching portraits. In the following years he bought land on the Shoalhaven, which he presented to the nation in 1993. It now houses the artists' retreat Bundanon.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001
© Lisa, Michael, Matthew and Joshua Moore
http://davidmoorephotography.com.au/

Accession number: 2001.139

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Artist and subject

David Moore (age 68 in 1995)

Arthur Boyd (age 75 in 1995)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd
Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd
Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd
Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd

Arthur as Alyosha?

Magazine article by Patrick McCaughey, 2015

Patrick McCaughey explores a striking Boyd self portrait.

Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams

Painting mates

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

Michael Desmond discusses Fred Williams' portraits of friends, artist Clifton Pugh, David Aspden and writer Stephen Murray-Smith, and the stylistic connections between his portraits and landscapes.

Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969
Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969
Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969
Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969

Through blue eyes

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Works by Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan bring the desert, the misty seashore and the hot Monaro plains to exhibition Open Air: Portraits in the landscape.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.