Emma Minnie Boyd

Born: 1858

Died: 1936

The Boyd family lived and worked in Murrumbeena where the most famous artist of the family, Arthur Boyd, was born in 1920. The Boyd family became a rare Australian artistic dynasty.

Emma Minnie Boyd and her husband Arthur Merric Boyd were both active, prolific painters. Their children Penleigh, Martin and Merric were all to become artists. The next generations of Boyds, including Arthur Boyd (son of Merric) were all born in Murrumbeena after Merric Boyd established a home and pottery studio in 1908.

Emma Minnie Boyd rarely staged solo exhibitions of her art, though the Encyclopaedia of Australian Artcites Emma Minnie Boyd’s inclusion in a group exhibition at the Royal Academy, London in 1891 after studying at the National Gallery School, Melbourne from 1885 to 1889.

Her lyrical watercolours were included in the bicentennial exhibition, The Great Australian Art Exhibitionin 1988 and in Completing the Picture, Women Artists and the Heidelberg Era at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in 1992.

Bio from the Glen Eira City Council Website