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Arthur Boyd - Figures In The Landscape

51m Art, Painter, Biography, Documentary 1985

A fifty minute film about the internationally acclaimed Australian painter, Arthur Boyd.

Arguably Australia’s finest painter, Boyd was in the vanguard of the post war renaissance in Australian Art. His work is particularly distinctive in the way it combines the Australian Landscape tradition with Classical and Biblical mythology, often tinged with eroticism.

The film was shot on location at Boyd’s wilderness homestead at Bundanoon, on the banks of the Shoalhaven River in New South Wales.

Two new major paintings were commissioned especially for the film. The first, ‘Pulpit Rock’, is painted ‘en plein air’ on the river bank. And the second, ‘The Bathers’, is a studio work based on the first. Boyd addresses the themes of ‘the environment’ and ‘hedonism in Australian society’.

Throughout the film. Boyd also talks illuminatingly about his body of work and it’s influences, encompassing his early ‘Melbourne’ paintings, the ‘Wimmera’ series, his ‘London’ period and the ‘Shoalhaven’ paintings.

The two paintings completed for the film have been exhibited in Sydney and London and are considered among his finest.

The film has been screened on the prestigious ‘South Bank Show’ hosted by Melvyn Bragg and was a finalist at the New York Film & TV Festival .

“This documentary is one of Don Featherstone’s earlier works about Australian artists. Featherstone created a good liaison with Boyd and consequently the documentary is informative and intimate. Featherstone went on to produce and direct many outstanding arts biographies, including: Difficult Pleasure: A Portrait of Brett Whiteley (1989), Lowering the Tone: 45 Years of Robyn Archer (1993), An Imaginary Life (David Malouf) (1997) and The Daylight Moon (Les Murray) (1991).” Damien Parer.

Writer

Mark Maley

Producer

Don Featherstone

Director

Don Featherstone

Cinematographer

Ray Henman

Editor

Nick Beauman

Editor

Duncan Taylor

Language

English

Country

Australia

Studio

Don Featherstone Productions

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