Another prodigiously talented member of the Boyd family, David Boyd initially studied music at the Melbourne Conservatorium until conscripted into the army in 1942. On leaving the army in 1944 Boyd switched to studying art and enrolled at the Victorian National Gallery Art School.

David’s first distinction was as a potter, briefly, with the Martin Boyd Pottery and then with his wife Hermia. It was later, from 1957, that he began his career as a painter; his first serious painting commencing with the Explorer series, a group of symbolic paintings of the Australian explorers. These and subsequent works depiciting the tragic story of the Tasmanian Aborigines created a storm of controversy in Australia due to their frank and political nature.

“It’s been said that I was ahead of my time. I must say I didn’t feel any notions at the time. I was only painting what I believed in.” – David Boyd

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