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Title

Bridegroom and gargoyle

1958


Artist

Arthur Boyd

Australia, England

24 Jul 1920 - 24 Apr 1999


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


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


Accession number

L2017.1


Artist information

Arthur Boyd

Artist profile

Works in the collection

402