Guy Boyd – 'Olympic Swimmer'
Guy Boyd was a potter and figurative sculptor known for his ability to capture the curves and sensuality of the female form.
A member of the famous Boyd family of artists, which included his brothers Arthur and David, Boyd began his artistic career as a potter. He established the Martin Boyd Pottery and later Guy Boyd Pottery, and produced a large range of modern objects and housewares. His work, often featuring iconic Australian imagery such as flora and fauna, enjoyed strong commercial success.
Boyd changed his path in 1965 when he became a full-time sculptor. He was commissioned to craft sculptures for the Sydney and Melbourne international airports as well as many other institutions.
'Olympic Swimmer' is a larger than life-size female figure with voluptuous curves. Decaled with gold leaf, her arms are wrapped around her torso, just covering her breasts. The work is similar in style to 'The Swimmer', which is in the collection of the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
This work was gifted to the gallery collection in 1988 by David Boyd.