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'Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul' at National Art School, Sydney

BY National Art School | 07-Jan-2019
Three-year nationally touring survey exhibition featuring more than 80 works by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd premieres at National Art School Gallery, Sydney
Arthur Boyd Landscape of the Soul
Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul, a three-year nationally touring survey exhibition organised by Bundanon Trust, will premiere at National Art School Gallery, Sydney from 10 January until 9 March 2019 before touring regional institutions across Australia until 2021. Curated by Barry Pearce and drawn principally from Bundanon Trust’s own collection of the artist’s work, Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul explores a lifetime of landscape paintings by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd.

The exhibition features some 60 key Arthur Boyd paintings including a group of masterpieces borrowed from major state art museums, as well as 20 works on paper, letters, photographs and sketchbooks spanning almost half a century and featuring works from his adolescence through to his final years.

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul focuses on Boyd’s diverse notions of landscape and traces one of the most celebrated careers in the history of Australian art through this lens. Presenting a number of never-before-seen works created by Boyd as a teenager, the exhibition offers the first in-depth look at the artist’s powerful early grasp of the landscape as a subject. Bookended by Boyd’s youthful paintings of the Mornington Peninsula in the 1930s and the final phase of his career depicting the Shoalhaven area in southern New South Wales in the mid-1970s, Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul considers not only the topographic landscape, but also the landscape Boyd carried within himself.