Arthur Boyd

A life

Darleen Bungey
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Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this is the first full biography of the complex genius, Arthur Boyd.

Arthur Boyd's legacy is a collection of masterpieces that define the history of Australian art in the last century. But the man himself-enigmatic, inarticulate, modest-has remained in the shadows until now.

Based on over six years of meticulous research and hundreds of interviews, Darleen Bungey sweeps us into the intimate circle of one of Australia's most fascinating families. Arthur Boyd emerges as a passionate, dramatic figure whose self-effacing demeanour cloacked a strong personality that refused to allow his turbulent and sometimes tragic personal life to interfere with his creative genius.

From Victoria's bohemian enclaves to the heady swirl of Melbourne and London in the years of artistic and social revolution, to the rural removes of Suffolk and the Shoalhaven, this is a journey into the mind and heart of a complex man whose absolute commitment to his art thrust aside personal adversity in the relentless pursuit of his work.

There are art books and there are biographies. Arthur Boyd: A life is rare - a revelation of an artist's life as compelling as the writing about his art.

Author bio:

Originally a copywriter in Australian, American and UK advertising, Darleen Bungey worked as an associate editor and freelance journalist for a number of prestigious British-based magazines while she raised a family in London. In 1999 she began researching and writing a biography of Arthur Boyd, both for publication and as a doctorate. This is her first book.

Category: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781741149203
Awards: Winner, Melbourne University Publishing Award, for the 2007 National Literary Awards, 2007
Short-listed, Dobbie Literary Award, 2009
Winner, Biography of the Year (Australian Book Industry Awards), 2008
Short-listed, Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Non-fiction, 2008
Table Of Contents: Prologue

1 Under the mulberry tree

2 To the market square

3 Sky blue trades in lamb white days

4 Worlds away from Rosebud

5 Death, love, war

6 The empty stage

7 Cripples, lovers and other victims

8 Through the unknown, remembered gate

9 No peace

10 Family: forged and fractured

11 It's a hard life

12 Where the roads dip and where the roads rise

13 Speaking Australian

14 A heart in two places

15 And the walls came tumbling down

16 Days on fire

17 It's time

18 This reservoir of blue

19 And all his years of exile fell away

Endnotes

Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Index
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: November 2007
Page Extent: 576
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Biography: general

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