Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd (Australian, 1999)

Timeline

1920
Born Murrumbeena, Victoria
1935
Attends National Gallery Art School, Melbourne, Victoria
1937
First solo exhibition, Westminster Gallery, Melbourne
1936–1938
Moves to grandfather Arthur Merric Boyd’s (a painter) cottage on the Mornington Peninsula, where time is spent painting landscapes and portraits
1939
Attended influential Herald exhibition of French and British Contemporary Art
1940
First major exhibition, Athenaeum Gallery, Melbourne
1941
Conscripted into the army. Meets influential peers such as John Perceval, Noel Counihan, Joy Hester, Albert Tucker, Sidney Nolan, John and Sunday Reed
1945
Marries Yvonne Lennie
1942–1946
Exhibits in Sydney and Melbourne with the Contemporary Art Society during this period
1946
Exhibits with Tucker and Nolan, Rowden White Library, University of Melbourne.
1945–1947
Works on a series of biblical paintings
1948
First commission – mural on Uncle Martin Boyd’s dining room wall at The Grange.
1949
First ceramic tile paintings
1950
First retrospective exhibition, David Jones’ Art Gallery, Sydney. Begins work on Wimmera paintings
1951
Visit to Central Australia
1954–1956
Works on commission for a ceramic pylon, Olympic Swimming Pool, Melbourne
1957
Begins series of ‘half-caste’ Bride paintings
1958
Represents Australia (with Sir Arthur Streeton) at Venice Biennale
1959
Signs Antipodean Manifesto, along with David Boyd, Blackman, Brack, Dickerson, Perceval Pugh and Bernard Smith
1960
Beginning of a period of overseas travel and overseas exhibiting. First show at Zwemmer Gallery, London
1963
Henry Caselli Richards Prize, Brisbane
1966
Starts Nebuchadnezar paintings
1971
First visit to Bundanon (which he purchases in 1979). Bundanon is later declared a Wildlife Refuge, and subsequently donated by Boyd to the people of Australia
1971
Britannica Australia Award
1971–1972
Creative Art Fellowship, Australian National University (ANU), Ca
1979
Awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for services to art
1979
Order of Australia (OA) for services to art
1984
Begins Bather series of paintings
1986
Subject of a feature film made for London Weekend Television
1988
Represents Australia at 43rdVenice Biennale
1992
Companion of the Order of Australia
1993–1994
Major retrospective, AGNSW, Sydney
1995
Australian of the Year
1999
Named ‘Australian Legend’ by Australia Post. Dies in April

Exhibitions

Literature

2000
McKenzie, J. Arthur Boyd: Art & Life, Thames & Hudson, London
1999–2000
Grazia Gunn ‘Arthur Boyd 1920-1999’ Art & Australia, vol. 37 no. 2, Dec - Feb
1994
Barry Pearce Arthur Boyd retrospective Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
1967
Franz Philipp Arthur Boyd Thames & Hudson, London