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Our online exhibitions highlight central themes in Arthur Boyd's work. Each exhibition is drawn from a previous Bundanon Trust touring exhibition and includes a selection of artwork and video content, as well as a learning activity for children to complete at home.

White Gums and Ramoxes

This exhibition presents the ceramic work of potter Merric Boyd (1888–1959) and that of his son, artist Arthur Boyd (1920–1999). It takes its title from two characteristic motifs in the work of the artists: Merric was preoccupied with interpretations of trees, while Arthur’s ‘ramox’ is typical of his interest in metamorphised and hybrid figures. These works are selected solely from the Bundanon Trust Collection.

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Trees

Arthur Boyd, Trees, 1979-80 oil on canvas 1830 x 1753 signed, inscription: A copy of a Merric Boyd painting painted 1942


The Lady and the Unicorn

The Lady and The Unicorn, print suite and limited edition book was created through a collaboration between artist Arthur Boyd and poet Peter Porter. Both Australians, Boyd and Porter first met in 1965 at the Royal Court Theatre when Arthur was working on stage design for the poetry component of the Commonwealth Arts Festival.

From 2016-2018 Bundanon Trust revived the print suite as a national touring exhibition and catalogue. The catalogue is a beautiful 84 page representation of the original project, featuring Peter Porter's poems in full, alongside Arthur Boyd's illustrations.

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Arthur Body, The Lady and the Unicorn - The Unicorn and the Ark, Etching and aquatint, 1973-74.

Arthur Body, The Lady and the Unicorn - The Unicorn and the Ark, Etching and aquatint, 1973-74.


Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness

You must do something which is connected to the community.
- Arthur Boyd

This exhibition highlights the enduring relevance of a number of subjects for Arthur Boyd, subjects connected to the act of witnessing and significant for a greater portent. These include the ethical paradoxes faced by individuals and humanity, outsider figures and the power of groups and individuals, the futility and violence of war, and the beauty, vulnerability and savagery of nature. Boyd’s subjects were often conveyed by reassembling familiar motifs and imagery into new compositions more relevant for the times.

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Lovers on fire in boat with kite by Arthur Boyd

Arthur Boyd, Lovers on fire in a boat with kite, c1965, oil on canvas.