Artist: ARTHUR BOYD 1920-1999
Lovers dreaming of a Summer Night,
Medium: Oil on Board
53.4 cm x 76.2 cm
66 cm x 87 cm
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The Melbourne art scene was pulled away from the safe bush scenes began making
social comments through expressive art. Urban hardships were the realities of
the day, and the war brought home surreal experiences. Boyd was conscripted in
1941 and served with the Cartographic Unit until 1944, and Boyd believed that
war and violence are unjustifiable.
Arthur Boyd expressionistic paintings include images of ‘Lovers dreaming of a
Summer Night’ along with painful images of cripples, the dispossessed and the
Arthur Boyd's original, deeply expressive, surreal work is a lasting testament
to Boyd uniquely humanist vision.
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was very young when he become a king and he
followed the good advice of his father King David. However
did not know how to rule and
for Wisdom he wanted to learn how rule his people in a right way. In his dream
he got an answers: ‘Because you have asked for wisdom and not for long life or
riches, I will give you more wisdom than anyone who has ever lived. But I will
also give you what you did not ask for, both riches and glory.
PHOTO Aniela with the BOYD family and friends. PHOTO: (1997)
ARTHUR BOYD and Aniela.
Aniela was deeply honored to be a friend with the artist.
BOYD regularly visited Galeria Aniela gallery.
The artist enjoyed Aniela's
European charm and
build a fine art gallery outside the metropolitan area
in a paddock.
Bride Running Away (1957)
Oil and tempera on composition board, signed 'Arthur
BOYD' lower left,
91.5 x 121.5 cm, Est: $1,400,000-1,600,000, Sotheby's Australia,
Important Australian Art, Melbourne, 14/08/2012, Lot No. 19
The Frightened Bridegroom (1958)
Oil and tempera on composition board, signed 'Arthur
BOYD' lower right,
61.7 x 63.5 cm, Est: $1,000,000-1,200,000, Sotheby's Australia,
Important Australian & International Art, Sydney, 23/08/2011, Lot No. 14
Dry Creek Bed, Alice Springs (1953-1954)
Oil, tempera and resin on composition board, signed 'Arthur
left, 91.5 x 122 cm, Est: $1,000,000-1,200,000, Sotheby's Australia,
Important Australian Art, Sydney, 08/05/2012, Lot No. 20
Bridegroom Waiting for His Bride to Grow Up
Oil on tempera on board, signed 'Arthur
BOYD' lower right; titled
'Bridegroom waiting for his Bride to Grow Up' on exhibition label
affixed to the reverse, 137.2 x 182.9 cm, Est: $600,000-900,000,
Christies, Australian & International Fine Art, Melbourne, 27/11/2001,
Lot No. 28
Phantom Bride 1958
Oil and tempera on composition board, signed lower right Arthur
162.5 x 139.5 cm, Est: $700,000-900,000, Deutscher~Menzies, Fine Art
Auction, Melbourne, 01/05/2002, Lot No. 26
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During the 70's Arthur BOYD exhibited Shoalhaven series small paintings at
and Fischer Fine Art London. Fischer went on to become one of the founders of Malborough Fine Art
in 1946. These
oils are now rare highly priced gems, keenly sought after by Australian and
international collectors on the World Art market.
1978, Arthur BOYD permanently settled at his home on the
Over the years, Arthur BOYD befriended the formidable landscape, painting scenes
of the Shoalhaven River and the surrounding bushland. In a second part of BOYD's
painting career from
the late 70’s, BOYD landscape works were based mostly on the Shoalhaven River.
This resulted in a significant series of paintings that are expression of Arthur
BOYD love for Australian landscape.
paintings are not simply landscapes but a fusion of Australian history and the
key in the artist development. The ABC TV & BBC TV co-produced the documentary
film, A Man of Two Worlds, based on BOYD's life and work.
1993, Arthur BOYD gave to the people of Australia the family properties
comprising 1,100 hectares (2,700 acres) at
At the beginning of 1975
Arthur BOYD return to Australia from England,
lived for a year on the banks of the Shoalhaven River in New South Wales. The
paintings in this collection were conceived during that year.
The imagery of landscape echoes BOYD
the subsequent Diana and Actaeon series of 1961.
BOYD began, with the ongoing stimulus of Porter's poetry, to introduce
the moral narrative to the set.
At the same time, in 1976, BOYD work on the Shoalhaven landscape, with its riverbank and
reflecting pools under Pulpit Rock.
In 1984 Arthur and Yvonne BOYD left London to Australia and, more specifically,
to their property Bundanon,
Shoalhaven River. However
BOYD's joy at
re-discovering the Australian landscape was tempered with a distressing
awareness of the careless treatment of the natural environment by reckless and
BOYD was a practical environmentalist who, together with
Sidney Nolan, had fought to stop sand-dredging near Riversdale on the Shoalhaven
The artist is recorded as saying:
"I think Australians have been apt to believe
that because this was such a vast land, they couldn't make a mark on it.
mark has been made and if it continues at this rate, it will soon be too
(Arthur BOYD, cited in J McKenzie, Arthur BOYD Art & Life,
London, 2000, p.169).
Thus while the subject matter of
Bather series followed a long established western art historical tradition, BOYD's rendering of this theme was imbued with both personal and contemporary
environmental concerns, as Hoff noted in the following extract:
"BOYD's NOW in bathers, which had not occupied him since the early fifties
was revived by Cézanne's Bathers in the London, National Gallery.
idyllic and secluded beach, far from the city, which Conder and Streeton had
made popular, is replaced by the beach in the technological age.
speedboats, raucous cries of a hedonistic mob break the calm of nature.
BOYD owes to Cézanne is the considered build-up of the figures into a frieze
The stunning effect of the huge painting rests on the contrast between hot
tints, large forms of a crowd and the beauty of
the natural world.
Above the garish human turmoil rises the impressive, timeless
Luminous cumulus clouds scud across the deep blue sky.
Elwyn Lynn, "the work is the epitome of the creative continuity
of Arthur BOYD's art."
(U Hoff, op.cit, p.81). Curtsey: Sotheby's catalogue, 23
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and ARTHUR BOYD,
Aniela won the trust of one of the most important Australian
Series of paintings have always
been recognized as outstanding contributions to the Australian
art of their time.
Transcending social issues and cultural
commentary, Arthur BOYD created series of paintings that are
without doubt a key group of paintings in the history of
Australian art and in Arthur BOYD's development as an artist.
This resulted in one of the
most significant series of ‘Shoalhaven
paintings that are not simply landscapes but rather, a fusion of
BOYD's European and Australian backgrounds.
based on the Shoalhaven River
in the series is absolutely
unique. The precise number of Arthur BOYD paintings produced in
the series is unknown nonetheless every painting in each
individual series is unquestionably unique.
During the latter part of BOYD's painting career,
works were based on the Shoalhaven River, the series most prized
by the public.
Oil on Copper
at Australian Galleries (1976) and Fischer Fine Art London
(1977). Now these
exquisitely painted works are rare gems, highly priced and
keenly sought after the World Art market investors.
BOYD had a strong relationship with the Shoalhaven River
landscape. The Shoalhaven River was the constant source of
inspiration for BOYD's work. From
the 70’s BOYD painted landscapes on the Shoalhaven River. This
resulted in a significant series of
paintings that are
without doubt a key group of paintings in the
history of Australian art and in BOYD's development as an
artist. There is no precise number of BOYD's works in
series however each
artwork based on the Shoalhaven River
is absolutely unique. In 1979 the
ABC TV and BBC TV co-produced the television documentary film,
built on Arthur BOYD life and
In 1979 the
ABC TV and BBC TV co-produced the television documentary film,
built on Arthur BOYD life and
After ten years in Europe where he built his international profile
as a figurative modernist Australian artist, Arthur BOYD and his
family returned to Australia and purchased the famous property at
Bundanon on the Shoalhaven River in 1978.
From that point on, he set
about painting the immense power of the formidable river landscape
– the strength of the land, the river in flood, the passage of
twilight, and the almost heraldic image of Pulpit Rock – generally
imbued with allegorical narratives of the human condition.
Shoalhaven at Sunset
is a jewel-like
(from the period of the artist greatest artistic acclaim), painted with the colours of
the oil paint reflected from an underlying copper surface, giving it
This makes the
sunset colours seem heightened, more sensual, but that would be for
any viewer who had not been to the Shoalhaven and experienced the
intensity of light over the river at sunset. BOYD captures a deeply
spiritual experience philosophically tied to notions of
sustainability: he strove lifelong for the preservation of the bush
landscape for future generations.
BOYD’s sunset image shows a white cockatoo coming alive,
turning, squawking, descending, as day turns to night. It twists high above the
basalt layers of the riverbank.
It is here that the river gums stand above the
waterline, straining for water in days of endless drought. BOYD marks his belief
in the sustainability of this environment with a foreground triangular structure
of rocks and trees, like a strong abiding haven for the descending cockatoo. Professor Peter James Smith BSc (Hons); Msc; M Stats;
MFA; Phd. November 3, 2013
archival oil-on-copper-plate painting technique
been used by artists for hundreds of years with stunning results. Oil-on-copper plate painting
allows superior clarity and
brilliance of colour.
The reason Oil-on-copper-plate
archival because unlike canvas or board, copper plate
painting with a smooth archival surface
assures archival quality
that can be easily restored
painting on copper is a different experience than painting on canvas or board.
The technique exposes artists to many
and the Copper Plate must be
for that reason contemporary artists seldom use
oil-on-copper-plate painting technique.
A master painter
Arthur BOYD 1920-1999 exhibited
oil-on-copper plate paintings in Australian Galleries
Melbourne (1976) and at Fischer Fine Art London (1977). Now these
exquisite oil-on-copper are
highly priced rare gems, keenly sought after by the World Art market
1. Cut Substrate for Copper Plate. To prepare copper plate as an archival
surface, the artist first cut a solid substrate to glue to the back of the
copper plate. This will prevent bending, denting or any other major movement
that would cause the painting to crack. The artist must choose flat,
medium-density fiberboard and cut it to just under the size of the copper plate.
2. Roughen the Back of the Copper
Plate. The artists sands the backside
of the copper plate with coarse sandpaper or scratch grooves into the metal.
This roughening helps the glue adhere to the surface while keeping the
protective plastic on the front of the copper plate.
3. Remove Dust from the Copper Plate.
To further ensure a good bond, the artist cleans off the sanded backside of the
copper with denatured alcohol.
5. Tape the Copper Plate to the
Substrate. To ensure a good bond
between the surfaces the artist tape the board to the copper.
6. Apply Weight to Copper Plate and
Substrate. To ensure that the backing
does not slip to one side or the other while drying. The artist must
not come in contact with the copper plate.
7. Seal the Substrate.
When the glue has set, the artists seals the MDF with a wood sealer to prevent
warping or other damage from water penetration.
8. Sand and Clean the Front of the
Copper Plate. The artists removes the
plastic protection from the front of the copper plate and, while wearing a
particle dust mask and nitrile gloves, sand the surface with fine-grit
sandpaper, taking great care to sand the entire surface thoroughly. If the
artist wants a beveled edge on the copper plate, he sands the edges of the plate
with a file or a block wrapped in sand paper. Once the sanding is completed, the
artist cleans the surface with denatured alcohol and a clean cotton rag or paper
towels. The artists keep clean nitrile gloves on during this process to ensure
that the oils of your skin.
9. Etch the Copper Plate With Garlic
Juice. Once the surface is clean, the
artist may remove the particle dust mask and take the plate into the studio.
Then the artist cut a clove of garlic and rub it’s juice onto the painting
surface or use a brush to apply a thin layer of pure garlic juice onto the
surface. Usually several garlic cloves are required and a razor blade on a plate
nearby so, after covering a few square inches, the artist can slice or reslice a
clove for fresh garlic juice. The garlic juice etches the surface of the copper
and allows for a chemical bond to the lead in your primer and/or the lead in
white; this is in addition to the mechanical bond that sanding alone would
10. Paint on the Prepared Copper
Plate. The artist may paint on the
freshly dried, garlic-juice-rubbed copper surface right away with pure oil paint
or apply primer to create a silky smooth white surface for paint application.
Artist use lead white either when priming the surface of the copper or in the
initial layers of the painting because the lead in the paint will chemically
bond to the copper, further ensuring that the paint will have good adhesion to
If painting directly onto the copper plate, artist covers all areas with paint
as exposed copper will eventually change color.
Then again, painting on
colour from the underlying copper
brilliant intensity of glowing light and its
and making it heightened.
How to Prime a Copper
Plate. Priming is
traditional when painting on copper plate. To do this, the artist
applies two coats of very thin lead-based oil primer to the surface.
The artist must keep these layers smooth and thin by rubbing on a
small amount of the lead primer with the gloved palm of your hand.
If artist wish for a smoother surface, after the primer is dry, can
carefully wet sand the surface with oil and fine-grit sandpaper.
Since the 70’s
BOYD painted landscapes on the Shoalhaven River. This resulted in a significant
series of Shoalhaven
paintings that are without doubt
a key group of paintings in the history of Australian art and in BOYD's
development as an artist. There is no precise number of BOYD's works in
artwork based on the Shoalhaven River is absolutely
unique. In 1979 the
ABC TV and BBC TV co-produced the television documentary film, built on Arthur
BOYD life and
Arthur BOYD had a strong
relationship with the Shoalhaven River landscape. The Shoalhaven
River was the constant source of inspiration for BOYD's work.
Arthur BOYD has given his beloved home located on the Shoalhaven River
Bundanon to Australian people.