Arthur Merric Boyd was born at
Murrumbeena, Victoria on July 24 1920. 3 generations of his family were artists,
- his father Merric Boyd was a potter and his grandfather Arthur Merric Boyd was
a noted watercolorist.
His first exhibition of paintings was held in Melbourne in 1937, and in 1958 his
work was shown at the Vienna Biennale, and by 1960 when he held an exhibition in
London he was an established artist with an international reputation.
His works hang in all the state galleries in Australia, at the Victoria and
Albert Museum in London, and the Mertz Collection in America.
Shortly before he died he established the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education
Centre at Bundanon, on the banks of the Shoalhaven River in NSW, on the property
which he bequeathed to the people of Australia in 1993.
Over 2000 paintings, drawings and ceramics were also left to the National
Awards received included the Dunlop prize in 1950 and 1951, Kuringai NSW in
1958, and Caselli Richards Brisbane in 1963.
On 24th April 1999, aged 78 he died in Melbourne.
In 1979 he received an AO for his service to art.
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