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    Sale 7653

    Modern and Contemporary Australian and South African Art

    16 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 32

    David Boyd (b.1924)

    The Bishop

    Price Realised  


    David Boyd (b.1924)
    The Bishop
    signed and dated 'David Boyd 64' (lower right)
    oil on paper
    30 x 22in. (76.2 x 55.9cm.)

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    From Boyd's Church and State series which followed his second trip to Spain in 1964. The series was first exhibited at the Zwemmer Gallery in London in July 1965. The series, almost as large as his Trial series, was well received and widely reviewed. James Burr wrote in the July 1965 issue of Apollo: 'Australian painters have the rare capacity to turn literary ideas into creative visual images of great potency and deep mystery. ... His hieratic figures of cardinals and the ominous Guardia Civil loom out from gloomy backgrounds with malevolent Baconian undertones and occasional austere echoes of Chagall, although the mood has a distinct antipodean flavour that owes little to Europe. In these paintings Boyd tackles with courage and originality a theme which is particularly relevant, and he brings to it a frightening drama and a satirical penetration into the psychopathology of power.'

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    Oliver Haskand Esq., Hurst Mill, Petersfield, Hampshire.

    Pre-Lot Text



    (probably) London, Zwemmer Gallery, Church and State series, 1965.
    London, New Grafton Gallery, Christmas Show, 1969.