Alexander Boyd celebrate famous grandfather's 100th birthday by performing Bride Suite inspired by Arthur Boyd's work for the first time

MASTER: Legendary Shoalhaven artist Arthur Boyd painting at his beloved Bundanon property. Image: Bundanon Trust
MASTER: Legendary Shoalhaven artist Arthur Boyd painting at his beloved Bundanon property. Image: Bundanon Trust

The 100th birthday of legendary Shoalhaven artist Arthur Boyd has been marked by a special performance by his composer and pianist grandson Alexander in London of a piece inspired by his grandfather's works.

Last Friday, July 24 marked what would be been Arthur Boyd's 100th birthday.

To mark the centenary Alexander shared a new work he has composed to honour his grandfather, Bride Suite, as well as other compositions by Beethoven and Chopin.

It was the first time Bride Suite has been performed.

TRIBUTE: Alexander Boyd performs from his London home. Image: Bundanon Trust

TRIBUTE: Alexander Boyd performs from his London home. Image: Bundanon Trust

Bride Suite is inspired by Arthur Boyd's Bride series of paintings.

"Rather than being tied to the paintings in any very specific way, I've tried to bring to the music more of the sense of hope and darkness and light that's contained within the paintings themselves," Alexander said.

Arthur Boyd remains one of Australia's most significant artists and philanthropists.

Affectionately known as 'Chook Chooks' by his family as a child, Arthur was part of a unique artistic family.

"Arthur was always considered a quiet person by those who met him; however, he used his artwork as a platform to speak very loudly about issues that concerned him," said Bundanon's Collections and Exhibitions manager Jennifer Thompson.

"When you look at his art today you can see he had so much to say and his work remains relevant to contemporary audiences."

Arthur and Yvonne's gift of Bundanon represents one of the most generous acts of philanthropy in the history of the arts in Australia.

It was an audacious gift driven by a big vision.

BIG PLANS: An artist's impression of what the new Arthur Boyd art gallery at Riversdale will look like. Image: Bundanon Trust

BIG PLANS: An artist's impression of what the new Arthur Boyd art gallery at Riversdale will look like. Image: Bundanon Trust

Work started in January on a new $33 million art gallery and improvements at the Trust's Riverdsdale complex.

To also celebrate his 100th birthday Bundanoon Trust has launched its #AB100 campaign.

On Instagram and Facebook the Trust has shared anecdotes and stories from people who knew him as well as sharing responses from former Artists-in-Residence about what Bundanon means to them.

 Arthur Boyd, signed by the artist 1977. Image: Bundanon Trust

Arthur Boyd, signed by the artist 1977. Image: Bundanon Trust

Australian artist Juz Kitson said participating in the Bundanon residency was a pivotal moment for her.

"It was straight after completing my honours degree and gave me the space, freedom and time to create, research and reflect," she said.

 Former Bundanon Artists-in-Residence, Australian artist Juz Kitson with some of her work. Image: Bundanon Trust

Former Bundanon Artists-in-Residence, Australian artist Juz Kitson with some of her work. Image: Bundanon Trust

"The contemplative space of the surrounding bushland that I immersed myself in and responded directly towards had a huge impact on the development of the works that were later exhibited as part of Primavera 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney.

"The landscape of Bundanon resonates a powerful energy and at times I remember this feeling and presence.. that I was almost 'walking with Boyd'."

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