Monday, June 2, 2014

Australian Legends 1999

The Australian Legends stamps are issued to commemorate Australia Day. Meanwhile, the Australian Legends Award honours Australian who have made a significant contribution to the development of the Australian identity, through a lifetime achievement in their chosen field.

The Australian Legends Award 1999 goes to Arthur Boyd, AC, OBE. With a career spanning more than 50 years, he was a leading Australian painter of the late 20th century. Boyd cast his vision across a broad landscape of ideas and traditions, both real and mythological.

This stamp issue is of 2 stamps - a portrait of Boyd taken by British photographer Clynt Granham; and Boyd's painting Nebuchadnezzar on fire falling over a waterfall.

Sadly, Boyd passed away on Apr 1999 at the age of 78.


Date of Issue : 22 Jan 1999
Postmark : Nowra NSW 2541
Denomination : 2 x 45c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : CPL
Printing Process : Offset lithography


The Boyd family artistic dynasty includes painters, sculptors, architects and other arts professionals. Boyd's grandfather, parents, uncles, brothers and sister are all arts professional. Boyd's wife is also a painter, as are their children Jamie, Polly and Lucy. Indeed such artistic talent runs in the family.

Besides being honoured the Australian Legends Award in 1999, Boyd was earlier awarded the Australian of the Year in 1995.

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