A celebration of the centenary of Arthur Boyd's birth. Below read anecdotes and stories from the people who knew Arthur or who have experienced Bundanon. Watch Alexander Boyd perform the first movement from Bride Suite, a piece he composed in honour of his grandfather.
Arthur was always considered a quiet person by those who met him; however, he used his artwork as a platform to speak very loudly about issues that concerned him. When you look at his art today you can see he had so much to say and his work remains relevant to contemporary audiences.- Jennifer Thompson, Collections Manager
Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s gift of Bundanon represents one of the most generous acts of philanthropy in the history of the arts in Australia. It was an audacious gift driven by a big vision. That vision has continued to be built upon by subsequent acts of private generosity and government support, creating the vibrant place for art and learning that Bundanon is known as today.
Arthur Boyd remains one of Australia’s most significant artists and philanthropists. Affectionately known as ‘Chook Chooks’ by his family as a child, Arthur was part of a unique artistic family.
"Arthur was always considered a quiet person by those who met him; however, he used his artwork as a platform to speak very loudly about issues that concerned him," said Jennifer Thompson, Collections and Exhibitions’ Manager at Bundanon.
"When you look at his art today you can see he had so much to say and his work remains relevant to contemporary audiences."
"Participating in the Bundanon residency was such a pivotal moment for me, it was straight after completing my honours degree and gave me the space, freedom and time to create, research and reflect. The contemplative space of the surrounding bushland that I immersed myself in and responded directly towards had a huge impact on the development of the works that were later exhibited as part of Primavera 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney. The landscape of Bundanon resonates a powerful energy and at times I remember this feeling and presence.. that I was almost 'walking with Boyd'."
"My enduring memory of Arthur and Bundanon was in 1994.I was asked to go to Bundanon where I met with Arthur Boyd to talk about his paintings stored at Bundanon. Many of his paintings were in storage containers in shipping out in the paddocks. They had suffered from high heat, damp, insect and rodent activity. Nine large paintings rolled up in the room at Bundanon, (now Jen Thompsons office at Bundanon). Arthur helped me unroll them. They had been removed from their stretchers in the 1960’s and rolled up and not moved since then. I put them in the back of my car and took them to my studio in Rose Bay. I restored them and continue to care for them today."
Rather than being tied to the paintings in any very specific way, I've tried to bring to the music more of the sense of hope and darkness and light that's contained within the paintings themselves.- Alexander Boyd
To mark the centenary of Arthur Boyd's birth, Alexander Boyd shares a new work he is composing to honour his grandfather, "Bride Suite".
"Bride Suite" is inspired by Arthur Boyd's Bride series of paintings.
As Alexander explains, the composition has become a more expansive piece with three movements, which he hopes to complete later this year. In this digital performance recorded in his home in London, Alexander Boyd performs the first movement, as well as Beethoven's Sonata in Eb Op 27 N1 and Chopin's Ballade N.1 in G minor Op. 23.
The performance will be available here at 8:00pm on Friday 24 July 2020.