David Boyd is an Australian artist, whose work frequently involves glowing bright colours and magical scenes of childhood; can you imagine if Boyd illustrated children’s books?! He was also a member of the Antipodeans group, along with past Artist of the Week Sidney Nolan.
Sunny Spot for a Picnic [n.d]
These are a few examples of my favourite Boyd pieces. Sunny Spot for a Picnic is so complex in it’s colours, especially the bottom half. Boyd merges the reds, greens and yellows creating new shades of brown, and highlights this with crisp lines of the primary colours.
At first glance, Winged Child Dancing is very similar to most of Boyd’s other work. But I feel that there is a sadness here, as if the child is a ghost or a spirit. It is beautiful and moving to look at it this way, an image of forgotten pure innocence.
Boyd is one of those artists I am very happy to have found; his work makes me think about colour and light in a completely different way. And this is why I chose him as my Artist of the Week.
Winged Child Dancing [n.d]