DAVID BOYD


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

David Boyd O.B.E. (1924 -)
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.


The Musician etching 48 x 49cm


Wombat and Europa etching 37 x 49cm


Betrayal etching 50 x 48cm


Eternal Return etching 49.5cm x 48cm


The Kiss etching 22 x 22cm


Serenade etching 36 x 34cm


The Duet colour etching 24.5 x 24.5cm


The Duet etching 24.5 x 24.5cm


Sorting the Score etching 24 x 24cm