Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness



Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness

Arthur Boyd was always mindful of larger issues in the world. He took place in marches to campaign for nuclear disarmament and many of his works reflect upon the nuclear threat, so present in Europe during the late twentieth century. And he cared deeply about the environment and the landscape of the Shoalhaven region  – the location of his beloved Bundanon.

Artists of the stature of Boyd – whose work endures – are interpreted differently by each generation. New themes emerge strongly and perspectives about their contribution can shift. Wrapped in biblical and mythological language, or capturing the shimmering heat of the Australian bush, Arthur Boyd’s work is often is associated with a timeless reflection on the human condition.Yet Boyd’s compassion for the lives of others, and his stunning landscapes, speak to the viewer about issues of great contemporary relevance. Care for the environment and support for the dispossessed are as urgent today than they were when he made much of this work.

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