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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.

The Gladiators (Norm Provan and Arthur Summons), 1963 (printed 1970s)

John O'Gready
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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.

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.

Arthur Boyd

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1965

Arthur Calwell part one

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1967

Arthur Calwell part two

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1967

Self portrait, 1945-1946

Arthur Boyd AC OBE
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

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

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Self portrait, 1964

Arthur Boyd AC OBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Denis Savill 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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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.

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