FIGURES IN THE LANDSCAPE
Arthur 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 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 its 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.
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