DAVID BOYD OAM (1924 - 2011)

David Boyd Profile Picture
David Boyd with his niece Celia Perceval at the Opening Night Reception of Celia's exhibition on 11th August 2009

One of the most important and well-loved Australian artists, David Boyd is a prodigiously talented member of the reknowned Boyd Artistic Dynasty. David first studied music at the Melbourne Conservatorium until conscripted into the army in 1942. On leaving the army in 1944 he switched from music to art and enrolled at the Victorian National Gallery Art School.

David's initial distinction was as a potter, exhibiting with his wife Hermia first in Sydney in 1948 then becoming regarded as one of the leading potters in Australia and during the fifties and sixties.

David's first major painting series commenced with the Explorer Series, a group of symbolic paintings of the Australian explorers. Winning the Italian Government Art Scholarship Prize for Australia in 1961, he moved to Rome with his family in 1962. Paintings from The Tasmanians Series were exhibited to critical acclaim in solo exhibitions in London and Paris in 1963. Since then David Boyd has held many major exhibitions throughout Australia, England and France. Considerable international recognition followed and in 1969 he was invited by the Commonwealth Institute of Art in London to hold a major retrospective of his paintings.

The International Academy of Modern Art in Rome awarded David a Membro Albo D'Oro Del Senato Accademio in 1998 and he was awarded an OBE in 2009.

David Boyd is revered in Australian art history for his persistent expressions of social justice, his broad academic views, his inspiring representations of innocence and beauty and a deep commitment to art and music.

  - Europa Hunting with Captured Wombat
Europa Hunting with Captured Wombat oil on canvas 70 x 80cm

David Boyd - Europa Accepting Blue Roses from a Wombat
Europa Accepting Blue Roses from a Wombat oil on canvas 46 x 61cm

David Boyd - Bishop Chasing Girl
Bishop Chasing Girl oil on board 55 x 76cm

David Boyd - Young Woman
Young Woman (1966) conte, sfumato and pastel on paper 53 x 35cm

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David Boyd - Europa's Daughter Frolicking on an outcrop of river gold
Europa's Daughter Frolicking on an Outcrop of River Gold oil on canvas 84 x 91cm v

  - Europa Drinking From a Pool in an Abandoned Paddock, 2005
Europa Drinking From a Pool in an Abandoned Paddock oil on canvas 71 x 76cm SOLD

  - The Explorer (King Found)
The Explorer (King Found) oil on linen 44 x 49cm SOLD

David Boyd - Europa Decending From the Flames of a Bush Fire
Europa Decending From the Flames of a Bush Fire oil on canvas 45 x 50cm SOLD

David Boyd - Nude Weeping Near a Golden Wattle Tree
Nude Weeping Near a Golden Wattle Tree oil on canvas 76 x 91.5cm SOLD

David Boyd - The River Bank of Gold, 1996
The River Bank of Gold, 1996 - Europa and the Legend of the Cockatoo Series oil on board 91.5 x 91.5cm SOLD

David Boyd - Europa's Daughter Diving from the Tree of Fire into a Blue Rose Bush with Animals in Flight
Europa's Daughter Diving from the Tree of Fire into a Blue Rose Bush with Animals in Flight oil on canvas 84 x 91cm SOLD

David Boyd - Moonrise, Golden Wattle, and Europa with Golden Wings
Moonrise, Golden Wattle, and Europa with Golden Wings oil on canvas 76 x 91cm SOLD

David Boyd - Duet 2005
Duet 2005 oil on card 26 x 30cm SOLD

David Boyd - Two Angels and Lute 2005
Two Angels and Lute 2005 oil on card 26 x 30cm SOLD

David Boyd - Harmony
Harmony oil on card 18 x 20cm SOLD

David Boyd - Isle of Blue Roses
Isle of Blue Roses oil on board 36 x 40cm SOLD

David Boyd - Towards the Silvery Moon
Towards the Silvery Moon oil on board 36 x 40cm SOLD

David Boyd - Sunflower Children - 2005
Sunflower Children - 2005 oil on board 30 x 38cm SOLD

David Boyd - Summertime Greeting - circa 1985
Summertime Greeting - circa 1985 oil on canvas 56 x 65cm SOLD

David Boyd - Untitled
Untitled, Oil on Board, 28 x 23cm SOLD

David Boyd - Return of the Stolen Crest - 1996
Return of the Stolen Crest - 1996 oil on board 90 x 100cm SOLD

David Boyd - Bather Under Wattle, circa. early 1980's
Bather Under Wattle, circa. early 1980's oil on canvas 35 x 40cm SOLD

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