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DAVID BOYD (1924-2011)
Cascading Waterfall in the Wilderness”
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Left
They break through the undergrowth and there it is, rushing, frothing, swirling, splashing over the rocks and into the pool. It is alive and life-bringing. It is timeless. The children are stopped in their tracks in awe.
There’s the feel of a memory painting in this David Boyd work, the relish of childhood and the bush, the sense of discovery, and the might of nature. It is a classic Boyd work. He has painted a number of bush waterfalls. This, arguably, is his very best. It is the most dramatic with the water almost rushing right out of the canvas. One can almost hear it. Dark rocks and ferns on the banks add to its impact. The children are dwarfed by the surging power of it all, way out there in the vast and mysterious land of birdcall.
Boyd lived overseas for many years and the expatriate experience heightened his sense of the dreamlike drama and beauty of the Australian wilderness.
Not surprisingly, these lyrical Boyd paintings of childhood have been growing in popularity and now are coveted.
They are the measure by which David Boyd has emerged from the shadow of his brother Arthur as the brighter spirit.
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