ARTHUR BOYD + JAMIE BOYD: Connection
10 October @ 9:00 am - 27 October @ 4:00 pm
ARTHUR BOYD + JAMIE BOYD: Connection is an exhibition of contrasts and similarities that places the drawings, prints and paintings of Jamie Boyd alongside rare and collectable works by his father Arthur Boyd. There is such history and cultural wealth surrounding the Boyd family that it’s quite an honour for us to present the art of a father and son, two generations side by side.
Many describe the Boyds as an artistic dynasty, with important influence across a number of generations in the fields of painting, sculpture, ceramics, literature and architecture. However while Jamie Boyd’s artistic inheritance is profound he has said that ‘I see myself, and my father’s work as being very different from each other. It’s actually probably more revealing in the differences, having all these works together. It’s interesting not how similar they are but how different’. Jamie regularly visits the Boyd property at Shoalhaven where he is reunited with the beauty and strength of its surrounding landscape – this and other gentle links are apparent between the works of both artists: landscape, symbolism and dreams, theatre and the human figure.
Together with Arthur Boyd’s Shoalhaven lithographs and other trademark drawings and prints there is a strong series of large brush and ink drawings from the early 1960s. The exhibition includes several works that reflect his collaboration in the theatre and with writers, producing drawings and costume designs for Robert Helpmann’s 1963 ballet Elektra at Covent Garden, as well as a series of lithographs to illustrate Pushkin’s fairy tales in 1978.
Jamie Boyd’s figures and landscapes for this exhibition include lithographs, etchings, collages and drawings in pencil, ink, gouache and pastel. Several of his small oil paintings will also be featured in this show, including a recent view of Geelong from Western Beach.