Daniel Boyd "King No Beard" Essay

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Year 10 Extended Writing Research Task The term appropriation refers to when an artist uses the elements of an artwork of another artist to create a new work. Appropriation is an art form found to inspire many contemporary artists of today, allowing them to recreate the original, adding complementary (or uncomplimentary) alterations to convey symbolism and meaning. The two figures within the portraits of which Boyd has appropriated (King George lll and Arthur Phillip), are colonial icons; supposed ‘heroes’ of the empire, incorporated with the creation of the first white Australian convict colony. King George lll proclaimed the first European colony in Australia 1786, the state still today known as New South Wales, and Arthur Phillip was appointed the first governor of this colony as well as establishing the convict colony in Sydney Cove, founding today’s Sydney. Within the original portraits of the two historical figures, they stand poised and proud - King George lll dressed in his many layers of golden robes and jewels and Arthur Phillip standing on no doubt the coast of Australia with the fleet of convict ships behind him. Within the painting ‘King George III (in coronation robes)’, King George can be seen elegantly standing in his many folds of elaborate clothing, his facial expression composed, supercilious and aristocratic – looking a very king-like figure. Within Arthur Phillip’s portrait, he is seen wearing his colonial captain blue jacket and breeches with a facial expression that can only be described as almost thoughtful arrogance. Whilst these portraits are, as like any portrait of the time, designed for the purpose of encapsulating the image of the figure within that time so that they may not be forgotten, Boyd’s paintings pose them in a different light. He perfectly recreates the exact pose and background of the portraits, but to them he

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