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Arthur Boyd was born in 1920 in Melbourne, to the famous Boyd family of practicing artists. He was the son of potter, sculptor and painter, Merric Boyd and brother of David and Guy, both of whom had successful careers.
He grew up amid the smell of linseed oil and paint, painting from when he was old enough to hold a paintbrush.
Arthur Boyd attended night classes at the
His early works drew on his war-time experiences and his travels through central
He believed art should serve a higher purpose and raised issues such as the treatment of mixed-blood Aboriginals and
Arthur Boyd was part of a dynamic generation of Australian artists and thinkers which included Sidney Nolan, Max Harris, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester.
After returning from overseas in 1972, he bought a property, Bundanon, on the
Before his death, he gave his beloved home to the Australian people as a refuge for artists and musicians and an education centre and gallery. He died on 24 April, 1999, knowing the place he loved so deeply would be enjoyed by generations of people to come, providing the creative impulse for future artists.