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Title

Bridegroom and gargoyle

1958

Artist

Arthur Boyd

Australia, England

24 Jul 1920 - 24 Apr 1999

  • Details

    Date
    1958
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    152.0 x 182.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., grey oil "Arthur Boyd". Not dated.

    Credit
    On loan from private collection
    Location
    20th & 21st c Australian art
    Accession number
    L2017.1
    Copyright
    © Reproduced with permission of Bundanon Trust

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    Arthur Boyd

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  • About

    Arthur Boyd was a painter, potter and printmaker from a well-known family of artists. Boyd painted lyrical and emotive allegories on universal themes of love, loss and shame, often located in the Australian bush. These artworks draw on a wealth of literary and mythological sources as well as intensely personal and often ambiguous symbolism.
    Boyd had a strong social conscience and his paintings engage deeply with humanitarian issues. Travelling around central Australia in the 1950s he was shocked by the conditions in which Aboriginal people were living. This experience initiated one of the major bodies of work in his oeuvre, the 'Love, marriage and death of a half-caste' series of 31 paintings, also known as the bride series, which imagined the figure of an Aboriginal person of mixed descent as a neglected outsider. The series was exhibited in Melbourne in 1958 where it raised contentious issues about the ongoing marginalisation of Aboriginal people

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Waynne Tunnicliffe, Look, 'Scenes from a marriage', pg. 52-54, Sydney, Jul 2017-Aug 2017, 52, 53 (collour illus.), 54.

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