Another prodigiously talented member of the Boyd family, David Boyd initially studied music at the Melbourne Conservatorium until conscripted into the army in 1942. On leaving the army in 1944 Boyd switched to studying art and enrolled at the Victorian National Gallery Art School.
David's first distinction was as a potter, briefly, with the Martin Boyd Pottery and then with his wife Hermia. It was later, from 1957, that he began his career as a painter; his first serious painting commencing with the Explorer series, a group of symbolic paintings of the Australian explorers. These and subsequent works depiciting the tragic story of the Tasmanian Aborigines created a storm of controversy in Australia due to their frank and political nature.
"It's been said that I was ahead of my time. I must say I didn't feel any notions at the time. I was only painting what I believed in." - David Boyd
LATEST NEWS FROM BERKELEY EDITIONS
Berkeley Editions welcomes artist Mike Kitching
"Gai Um Garm" (life from the stars) - P.O.A Pigmented polyester resin and natural gum timber - 290 x 200 x 200cm (H*W*D)
Kitching graduated from Sydney Teachers College in the early 1960s, initially teaching Woodwork, Metalwork and Technical Drawing. This hands-on experience led him from his first creative experimentation in painting to the more three dimensional medium of sculpture - it was here that his artistic career was born.
Kitching, who soon became a household name of the 1960s Australian art world, was held in high critical regard for his sculptures. He won numerous awards, including his first – the Blake Prize for religious art in 1964, as well as many travelling scholarships.
Through his friendships and working relationships with key art figures, namely John Kaldor and Dr Jean Battersby (who was Kitching’s agent for over 35 years), he produced a plethora of commissioned works, developing his talent and flourishing as an outstanding and reputable artist.
Mike continues to create from his home in Lovett Bay, Pittwater on the NSW north coast.
FROM THE BERKELEY COLLECTION Criss Canning
"Hakea and Other Seed Pods" - $3,300 Hand made silkscreen- Edition of 60 - Paper size 105 x 75cm
Criss Canning has her studio in an 1860s farm house in the farming district of Ascot, north of Ballarat where she lives with her husband, David Glenn owner of Lambley Nursery. Together they have created an internationally renowned garden.
Plant material from the garden is a major inspiration in her paintings. Canning’s brave and exciting use of colour, her beautiful brushwork and her meticulous compositions are much loved by collectors who have bought her paintings over the last 40 years or so.
Canning has held seventeen solo exhibitions at leading art galleries, (most of them sell out shows) in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as well as exhibiting in numerous group shows both in Australia and overseas. Canning is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and major private collections both in Australia and overseas.
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