Session 4 – Artistic Revolutionaries: Arthur Boyd and John Olsen

  • Darleen-BungeyDarleen-Bungey
  • Paul-BruntonPaul-Brunton

Event Category: 2016 and SessionsEvent Tags: Corrigans Room, Mid Morn, and Saturday

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  • Biographer Darleen Bungey undertook meticulous research to produce in depth accounts of two of Australia’s iconic artists, Arthur Boyd and John Olsen.
    In 2015, John Olsen, An Artist’s Life was joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for non­fiction. Bungey graphically depicts the forces that drove John Olsen to become one of the country’s greatest artists. From a child who was never taken to an art gallery, who learnt how to draw from comics, we come to see the famous artist driven by a need to depict his country’s landscape as Australians had never seen it before.
    Boyd’s legacy is a collection of masterpieces that define the history of Australian art in the last century. But the man himself ― enigmatic, inarticulate, modest ― has remained in the shadows until now. In 1999 Darleen began researching her seminal biography Arthur Boyd: A life, which was published to critical acclaim in 2007 and went on to win the Australian Book Industry Award for Biography of the Year.
    She joins Paul Brunton historian and Emeritus Curator, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, in a conversation about the lives and legacies of these two great artists.

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