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Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul

Published on Wednesday, 16 September 2020 at 10:10:15 AM

Landscape of the Soul is Bundanon Trust’s new three-year nationally touring exhibition exploring a lifetime of landscape paintings by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd. Curated by Barry Pearce the exhibition is drawn principally from Bundanon Trust’s own collection of the artist’s work. 

The exhibition features up to 60 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. 

On show at GRAG: 3 October - 14 September 2020

Opening Night celebrations are being held on Friday 2 October, 6pm-8pm at the Gallery, as a part of the Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival 2020.  Bookings are essential and can be made via Eventbrite or the Geraldton Regional Library webpage.

Image: Arthur Boyd, Hanging rocks bathers and Mars, 1985, oil on canvas. Bundanon Trust Collection.

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