We (the Boyds) all had a faith in creativity, and that implied continuity. Creativity was a family vocation: you were sent these talents, so you should use them. – Arthur Boyd
A unique artistic family throughout generations.
Across many generations the Boyds include painters, sculptors, architects and other arts professionals, commencing with Arthur Boyd’s grandparents Arthur Merric Boyd and Emma Minnie Boyd, both accomplished artists, working in oils and watercolours, exhibiting their work in Australia and the UK.
Their children were Merric, a potter, Penleigh, a landscape artist, Martin, a writer, and Helen, a painter. Merric and his wife, Doris, raised noted Australian artists – ceramicist Lucy, painters Arthur and David, sculptor Guy, and painter Mary.
Subsequent generations of the Boyd family continue to be active in the arts today.
Arthur and Yvonne’s Gift
In 1993, on behalf of the Australian people, the Australian Government accepted the gift of Bundanon, and a parcel of other properties (1000 hectares in all) on the Shoalhaven River, from the Australian artist Arthur Boyd and his wife Yvonne.
The establishment of Bundanon represents one of the most significant acts of philanthropy in the arts.
In 2022, the Boyds’ vision of a gallery at Bundanon was realised with the opening of the Art Museum. Read more.