Arthur Boyd was a figurative expressionist painter, ceramicist and printmaker and is considered one of Australia’s most important artists. Boyd was born in 1920 and was heavily influenced by his grandfather, famous artist Arthur Merric Boyd, who he was under the tutelage of. Prominent themes of psychological anguish and suffering are evident in his work, which stemmed from his experiences in the Second World War. Following the war he became friends with art patrons John and Sunday Reid.
He returned to Australia in the 1970’s after a decade of exhibiting in London and lived at properties in Shoalhaven and Bundanon, areas which he painted until his death in 1999. Boyd was a highly awarded artist who received an Order of Australia in 1979 and Companion of the Order of Australia in 1992.