Landscape of the Soul provides a rare opportunity for audiences in Far North Queensland to experience the full range and breadth of landscape works by one of Australia’s most important 20th century artists. Arthur Boyd was a painter, potter and printmaker from a distinguished family of artists. He painted lyrical and emotive allegories on universal themes of love, loss and shame, often located in the Australian bush. These artworks draw on a wealth of literary and mythological sources as well as intensely personal and often ambiguous symbolism.
The exhibition brings together a number of never-before-seen works created by Boyd, including works from his teenage years, offering the first in-depth look at this famous Australian artist’s powerful early grasp of the landscape as a subject. Bookended by Boyd’s youthful paintings of the Mornington Peninsula in the 1930s, and the final phase of his career depicting the Shoalhaven area in southern New South Wales in the mid-1970s.
Nebuchadnezzar with blue flowers and white dog 1968-69oil on canvasBundanon Trust Collection
Nebuchadnezzar in a clearing 1968-69 oil on canvas Bundanon Trust Collection