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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.

Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Arthur Boyd’s Mysterious Eyes 6 May 2016

Archived media releases 2016

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a focus exhibition of captivating portraits by renowned artist Arthur Boyd, titled Mysterious eyes: Arthur Boyd portraits from 1945.

Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Mysterious eyes Arthur Boyd portraits from 1945

Previous exhibition, 2016

Boyd’s self-portrait at age 25 is joined by his equally emotive portraits of those around him.

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.

Carl Cooper, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd
Carl Cooper, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd
Carl Cooper, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Carl Cooper, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Bequest of Alan Boxer 2014

Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd
Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd
Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2014

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.

Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott
Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott
Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott

Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of Manning Clark at Wapengo NSW, 1972 Arthur Boyd
Portrait of Manning Clark at Wapengo NSW, 1972 Arthur Boyd
Portrait of Manning Clark at Wapengo NSW, 1972 Arthur Boyd

Portrait of Manning Clark at Wapengo NSW, 1972 Arthur Boyd

Portrait, oil on canvas

On loan from the Clark family

Arthur Boyd, c. 1982 Wes Walters
Arthur Boyd, c. 1982 Wes Walters
Arthur Boyd, c. 1982 Wes Walters

Arthur Boyd, c. 1982 Wes Walters

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Arthur Boyd, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd, 1993 Greg Weight

Arthur Boyd, 1993 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Arthur and Yvonne, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur and Yvonne, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur and Yvonne, 1993 Greg Weight

Arthur and Yvonne, 1993 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Arthur Boyd with horse hair brush - Bundanon 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd with horse hair brush - Bundanon 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd with horse hair brush - Bundanon 1993 Greg Weight

Arthur Boyd with horse hair brush - Bundanon 1993, 1993 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio II, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio II, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio II, 1993 Greg Weight

Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio II, 1993 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio III, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio III, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio III, 1993 Greg Weight

Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio III, 1993 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Arthur Boyd, 1962 Axel Poignant
Arthur Boyd, 1962 Axel Poignant
Arthur Boyd, 1962 Axel Poignant

Arthur Boyd, 1962 Axel Poignant

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Bernard Smith Arthur Boyd
Bernard Smith Arthur Boyd
Bernard Smith Arthur Boyd

Bernard Smith, Arthur Boyd

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of an anonymous donor 2002

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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.