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Arthur Boyd was born in Murrumbeena, then just outside Melbourne, into a family of artists. He became part of the Australian art scene, during the 'Angry Decade' of 1937-47, so called for its focus on the agonies of war that dominated the period. Influenced by Bosch, Breugel and Rembrandt, Boyd's highly personalised, mature style combined Surrealism, Symbolism, Social Realism and Expressionism. His principle theme was the divine frenzy of love. Boyd travelled to London in 1959 and was included in the exhibition of Recent Australian Painting at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1961. He was given a retrospective at the same gallery in 1962. Boyd maintained homes in Britain and Australia, working and exhibiting in both countries.
Gallery label, September 2004