Arthur Boyd – ‘From impulse to action’ at Bundanon Art Museum

In News February 10, 2022

Image: Arthur Boyd  Figure with flowers and beast  c.1960  brush and ink on paper  100 x 75 cm

From impulse to action centres on Arthur Boyd’s drawings in ink, both brightly coloured and monochrome, as the starting point for 12 new commissions by Australian contemporary artists working in a diverse range of disciplines.

A central example of the expansive power of Boyd’s drawings are his 1963 designs created for Robert Helpmann’s ballet Elektra. They represent the potential for small, experimental works to translate into large-scale, interdisciplinary projects, and to shift from image to performance. In parallel, the commissioned artists reflect the immediacy of Boyd’s drawings through choreography and film, photography and sculptural installation, weaving and sound. Nearly all the works were developed through site visits and residencies.

At its heart, From impulse to action is a celebration of Bundanon as an important site of cultural production, one that has existed for thousands of years. It draws on the creative energy of experimentation, proposing a connection between artists past, present and future.

Australian Galleries has kindly loaned a few of Arthur Boyd’s works to Bundanon for the exhibition.

Exhibition Details

29 January–12 June 2022
Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm
Bundanon is a national cultural institution and operates across a spectacular rural property on the Shoalhaven River, on the South Coast, New South Wales.

For more information visit the Bundanon website.

Arthur Boyd  Lovers with butterfly  c.1960  brush and ink on paper  100 x 75 cm

Arthur Boyd  Two figures with butterfly and dog  c.1960  brush and ink on paper  100 x 75 cm