David Boyd

David Boyd

  • Biography

    1924 David Boyd was born in Murrumbeena, Melbourne. Third and youngest son of artists Merric and Doris Boyd. Studied pottery and painting within the family circle and also the piano. Entered the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music at 17
    1942 Joined Contempory Art Society of Australia. Conscripted into Australian Army
    1944-46 Studied at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the National Gallery School on an ex-serviceman's grant. First exhibition of paintings with John Yule at the Rowden White Library, University of Melbourne. In partnership with brother Guy Boyd founded Martin Boyd pottery in Sydney
    1947 Painting expedition in New Caledonia with author Hugh Atkinson
    1948-49 Married Hermia Lloyd-Jones, younger daughter of graphic artist Herman (Jonah) and Erica Lloyd-Jones. Began pottery career with Hermia. First exhibition of pottery in Sydney
    1950-55 Established pottery studios in London and in the South of France joined for a time by ceramist and painter Stanislaw Halpern. Travelled widely throughout Spain. Returned to Australia
    1956 David and Hermia Boyd became widely known as leading Australian potters. Introduced new techniques in glazing and the use of the potters wheel in shaping sculptural figures. Greatly influenced local potters in particular Tom Sanders and John Perceval. Major exhibition of ceramic tiles and sculptures at the Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
    1957-58 Commenced painting 'The Explorer' series, exhibited at the Australian Galleries, Melbourne, and Clune Galleries, Sydney
    1959 Started a series of paintings based upon the extinction of the full blood Tasmanian Aboriginal in the nineteenth century. Took part in issuing the Antipodean manifesto with Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Brack, Dickerson, Perceval, Pugh and B. Smith defending the figurative image in contemporary painting in a joint exhibition in Melbourne. Exhibited 'The Explorers and The Tasmanians' in Adelaide
    1960 Commenced a series of paintings on the theme of 'Law and Justice, The Trial series'. Elected President of the Contemporary Art Society (Victorian branch), Councillor of the Museum of Modern Art of Australia
    1961 First prize Italian Art Scholarship for Australia. Chairman of the Federal Council of the Contemporary Art Society of Australia
    1962 Lived in Rome, continuing 'The Trial' series, before returning to England. Settled in London
    1963 First one-man exhibitions in London and Paris of 'The Trial' paintings
    1964 Revisited Spain and painted 'Church and State' series based upon this visit
    1965 One-man exhibitions in London and in Australia of 'Church and State'
    1966 Discovered method of using candle flame to create images and named the technique Sfumato, a word used by Leonardo da Vinci to describe graduations of a misty tone in painting (although there is no evidence that Leonardo used a candle flame to achieve this effect)
    1967-69 Exhibited Sfumato paintings in London and in Australia, including Newcastle, New South Wales. Revisited Australia. Exhibited late Sfumato and 'Limbo' paintings in Adelaide, South Australia. 'War Games' in Sydney, NSW. Visited Boyd Town at Twofold Bay, south coast of New South Wales. Commenced a series of paintings, 'The Wanderer', inspired by the life of Benjamin Boyd, an Australian adventurer of the 1840s. Retrospective exhibition of loaned works from various collections in Australia and Britain at Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery, London, Edinburgh and Sheffield
    1970 Settled in south of France. First exhibition of Wanderer series at Adelaide Festival of Arts, South Australia. Next at von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
    1971 Exhibited 'The Wanderer' series in separate sections in three concurrent London exhibitions. Started a series based on mythological 'Orchard of Heaven', first exhibitied in Brisbane, Queensland. Visited Australia
    1972 Developed theme of 'The Orchard' and exhibited series entitled 'The Garden in the Wilderness' in Newcastle, New South Wales. Commenced the 'Exiles' series which formed the latest inclusion in the exhibition. Returned to France. Developed the theme, 'The Exiles'
    1973 Exhibited 'The Exiles' series in London and in Melbourne, Victoria
    1974 Retrospective exhibition at Skinner Galleries, Perth, Festival of Arts
    1975 Returned to Australia. Retrospective exhibition at von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle, NSW
    1976 Retrospective exhibition at Bonython Gallery, Sydney
    1977 Commenced series 'The Private View'
    1978 Developed theme of 'The Private View'
    1979-82 Major retrospective exhibition, Albert Hall, Canberra. Painted a series of works entitled 'The Day of the Picnic'
    1983 'Retrospecitive Exhibition 1957-82', a series of seven exhibitions, Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney
    1985 Exhibition 'Four Seasons', Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney
    1986 Exhibited 'A Judge in the Landscape' series, Hong Kong; Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney; von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
    1987 Exhibition 'Requiem for the Birth of a Nation', Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney
    1988 Exhibition 'Antipodean Second Chapter', Lauraine Diggins Fine Arts, Melbourne; Lanyon Gallery, Canberra
    1989 S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 'Antipodean Second Chapter'
    1990 Dedicated to Merric and Doris Boyd, Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney
    1991-92 'The Clown in the Tree' series
    1992 Survey retrospective exhibitions Wagner Gallery, Sydney; Caulfield Art Complex, Melbourne; Macquarie University, Sydney; Beaver Galleries, Sydney, Canberra
    1993-94 'Metaphors of Trial' series, von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
    1995 'The Legend of Europa and the Cockatoos', Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney
    1996 'Europa in Australia', von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
    1996-97 'Driftwood' and the 'Hierarchy' series, von Bertouch Galleries; Wagner Gallery, Sydney
    1998 Music and the Angels, Galeria Aniela, Kangaroo Valley
    1999 Survey retrospective, von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
    2001 Reconciliation, Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney, NSW

    Appointments and Awards

    1960 President of the Contemporary Art Society (Victorian branch)
    1960 Elected Councillor of the Museum of Modern Art of Australia
    1961 First Prize Italian Art Scholarship for Australian Chairman of the Federal Council of the Contemporary Art Society of Australia.
    1993-96 Artist in residence School of Law, Macquarie University, NSW
    1998 MEMBRO ALBO DORO DEL SENATO ACCADEMICO - International Academy of Modern Art, Rome, Italy

    Selected Bibliography

    Bonython, K. Modern Australian painting and Sculpture, Griffin Press, Adelaide, 1960
    Bonython, K. Modern Australian Painting 1960-1970, with introduction by Ross K. Luck, Rigby Limited, Adelaide, 1970
    Boyd, Martin, Day of my Delight, Lansdowne Press Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1965
    Burr, James & Williams, Sheldon, Sfumato Paintings and Drawings of David Boyd (monograph). Ritchie Dickson Limited, London, 1967
    Finlay, D. J. Modern Australian Painting, Beaverbrook Newspapers Limited, London, 1963
    Hood, K., Pottery, Longmans, Melbourne, 1961
    Luck, Ross K, The Australian Painters, 1964-66
    The Mertz Collection, Griffin Press, Adelaide, 1966
    Luck, Ross K., Modern Australian Painting, Sun Books, Melbourne, 1969
    Parr, Lenton, Sculpture, Longmons, Melbourne, 1961
    Pringle, J. D., Australian Painting Today, Thames & Hudson, London, 1963
    Smith, Bernard, Australian Painting 1788-1960, and revised edition 1788-1970, Oxford University Press, 1962
    Smith, Bernard, Australian Painting Today, University of Queensland Press, 1962
    Osborne, Harold (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Art, Oxford University Press, 1970
    Benko, Nancy, The Art of David Boyd (monograph), Hyde Park Press, Adelaide, 1973 (with foreward by Judith Wright)
    Craig, Edward D., Australian Art Auction Records 1973-75, Ure Smith, Sydney, 1975
    Vader, John, The Pottery and Ceramics of David and Hermia Boyd, Mathews/Hutchinson, Sydney, 1977
    Benezit, E., Dictionaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Librairie Grand Paris, 1976
    Smith, Bernard, Catalogue, David Boyd Retrospective Exhibition, Commonwealth Institute, London, 1969
    Marginson, Ray, Catalogue of the Melbourne University Art Collection, 1971
    The Antipodean Manifesto, catalogue of Antipodean Exhibition, Melbourne, 1959
    Recent Australian Painting, Whitechapel Gallery, 1961
    Commonwealth Art Today, Commonwealth Institute, London, 1962
    Craig, Edward D., Australian Art Auction Records 1976-1978, Rigby, 1979
    Scarlett, Ken, Australian Sculptors, Nelson, 1980
    Germaine, Max, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, Landsdown, 1979 & 1984
    Craig, Edward D., Australian Art Auction Records, Currawong Press, New South Wales, 1982
    Craig, Edward D., Australian Art Auction Records - Australian Art Sales, 1987-1989
    Fry, Gavin & Gray, Anne, Masterpieces of the Australian War Memorial, Rigby, 1982
    Dolan, David, Charles Bannon: Australian Printmaker: An Aspect of Australian art 1968-1982, Angus and Robertson
    Smith, Bernard, The Critic as Advocate, Oxford, 1989
    Dbrez, Patricia & Herbst, Peter, The Art of the Boyds, Bay Books, New South Wales, 1991
    Craig, Edward D., 'Australian Art Auctions Records 1989-1991' Vol 7 Australian Art Sales, NSW, 1991
    Merric Boyd Studio Potter 1888-1959 Victoria, Hammond, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1990
    von Bertouch, Anne, What Was It..., Hunnifords Lane Press, Newcastle, 1989-90
    Arnold, John & Morris, Dierdre (eds.), Monash Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Australia, Reed Reference Publishing, 1994
    Furby, Paula & Snowden, Betty, The University of Adelaide Art Collections, University of Adelaide, S.A., 1995
    Art and Law, vol. 20, no. 2, April 1995, Monash University, Victoria
    From Vision to Sesquicentenary, The University of Sydney, 1999
    Amadio, Nadine, Introduction to catalogue, Reconciliation, Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney, 2001


    Australian War Memorial, Canberra
    Queensland University, Brisbane
    Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
    Ballarat Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria
    Sydney University (Law Faculty), Sydney
    Harold Mertz Collection of Australian Paintings, USA
    Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
    Lincolnshire and South Humberside Arts, Usher Gallery, Lincoln, England
    Fine Arts Department, University of Melbourne
    National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    Adelaide Art Teachers College, Adelaide, SA
    Monash University, Melbourne
    Law School, University of Melbourne
    Newcastle Regional Art Gallery
    University of New South Wales, Sydney
    Sydney University Power Collection
    Bendigo Art Gallery
    Graylands College, Perth, Western Australia
    National Gallery of Victoria
    The University of Adelaide, South Australia
    Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales
    Bundanon Trust, Nowra, New South Wales
    Macquarie University, New South Wales

    Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

    Ceramic Scultpure:
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Art Gallery Of Western Australia, Perth

    Department of External Affairs, Canberra
    Museum of Applied Arts and Science, Sydney
    The Power House; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
    Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
    Staffordshire Museum, Stoke-on-Trent
    Museum of Modern Art of Australia, Melbourne
    Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
    Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
    University of Western Australia, Perth
    University of Queensland, Brisbane

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David Boyd

Private View
70 x 40 cm screen print