Australian artist David Boyd has died at the age of 87 after a short illness. Boyd, a celebrated painted and ceramicist, died earlier today in Sydney. One of the elder statesmen of the Australian art world, he was a member of the famously artistic Boyd family which also included his brother Arthur. David Boyd’s works – which span six decades - are held in collections around the globe. He was also known for creating works as early as the 1950s which concerned the mistreatment of Aboriginal people. In 1946, he worked with his brother Guy at the Martin Boyd Pottery in Sydney. He also established a pottery studio in London in the early 1950s and continued working mainly in pottery through to the mid-1960s. In 1956, Boyd and his wife became widely known as leading Australian potters. They introduced new glazing techniques and potter’s wheel use in shaping sculptural figures.
Boyd’s painting career began in 1957 with a series of symbolic paintings on Australian explorers that aroused much controversy at the time, focusing as they did on the tragic history of the Tasmanian aborigines.