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David Boyd interviewed by Sheridan Palmer in the Australian art from 1950 to the present oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4704193
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Boyd, David, 1924-2011, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research and personal copies; written permission required for public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 2009 
2 sound files (ca. 166 min.) 

Australian art from 1950 to the present oral history project.


David Boyd talks about his family and family life; Boyd family members; Arthur Boyd; a Poliomyelitis epidemic; his sisters Lucy and Mary Boyd; John Perceval; brothers working for Army Cartographic Company, Swanston Street; the family home in Murrumbeena; memory of his parents as potters, kiln firing, wheel, pottery throwing; his family background; his music studies, Melbourne Conservatorium; his conscription into army; the change in his career from music to art, National Gallery Art School; Max Nicholson influences; Yosl Bergner; his religious faith and its impact on his art; Merric Boyd; his exhibition with John Yule; his early paintings being destroyed during his military service; his conflict with authority and the Army, military imprisonment; correspondence with mother during WWII; left-wing politics; European refugees after the war influencing the art scene; researching Tasmanian Aborigines, atrocities; Antipodean arcadia versus universal drama forming themes in his art; Arthur Merric Boyd Pottery, the success with pottery and sculptural ceramics; fellow students at the National Gallery Art School; his studio in a derelict building in Russell Street; Stan Halpern; Joy Hester, Albert Tucker; the Murrumbeena Group.

Boyd discusses his exhibitions at the University of Melbourne (1946 and 1947); criticisms; moving to England (1950), permission to make and sell their ceramics; successful exhibition of ceramics in Paris; British potters; the Brown Room; Jessie Trail; Anna Pavlova; establishing themselves in England; Arthur Boyd's exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery; Sidney Nolan; the colony of Australian artists at The Abbey; William Dobell; Russell Drysdale; Robert Hughes; moving to France with the family (1951); returning to London, moving into a studio in Chelsea; his first exhibition at Gallery One; his involvement with the Contemporary Art Society; John Reed's Museum of Modern Art; Melbourne art world; American Abstract Expressionism; Bernard Smith instigating the Antipodean Exhibition; John Olsen; Melbourne and Sydney rivalry; artistic styles; his symbolic, moral, figurative art; Antipodean Manifesto; his resilience and his human rights advocacy; winning the Italian Scholarship, the judges; living in Italy and painting his 'Trial' series, exhibiting these at the Zwemmer Gallery; influences on his art and emotional truth.


Recorded on 13-14 September 2009 at St. Peters, N.S.W. and 8 March 2011 at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Related Material Portraits of David Boyd during an oral history interview with Sheridan Palmer the National Library of Australia, Canberra, 8 March 2011; located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC Online access #NL40395/1-8 
Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 88 leaves) 
Subjects Boyd, David, 1924-2011 -- Interviews.  |  Boyd, Arthur, 1920-1999 -- Anecdotes.  |  Boyd family.  |  Artists -- Australia -- 20th century -- Interviews.  |  Painting, Australian -- History -- 1945-  |  Painting -- Themes, motives.  |  Pottery -- 20th century -- Australia.
Occupation Artists.
Other authors/contributors Palmer, Sheridan, Interviewer

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