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Daniel BOYD

Kudjla/Gangalu peoples

Cairns, Queensland, Australia born 1982

Treasure Island 2005 Place made: Canberra Blue Mountains, Australian Capital Territory New South Wales, Australia Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Dimensions: 192.5 h x 220.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2006
Accession No: NGA 2006.285


This is a painting by Kudjla/Gangalu artist Daniel Boyd (b.1982) that appropriates David R Horton’s Map of Aboriginal Australia, which documents over 300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language groups. It is embossed with a copper scripted title ‘Treasure Island’ taken from Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure chronicle. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image. This work was exhibited as a part of the first National Indigenous Art Triennial, ‘Culture Warriors’, at the National Gallery of Australia. The resource includes links to further information about the artists and the exhibition and gives information about Boyd’s intention as an artist, questioning the white colonial version of the birth of Australia. The painting measures 192.5 cm high x 220.0 cm wide and was painted with oil on canvas. 

Educational value

  • This is an excellent resource for the Responding strand in the 7-8 and 9-10 year bands in the visual arts curriculum, especially for those content descriptions that refer to considering the broader context of works of art, such as their social, cultural and historical context and role of the artist and of the audience/s.
  • The work is of considerable significance for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority. It exemplifies the way Aboriginal experiences can be viewed through historical, social and political lenses. In this case Daniel Boyd has applied an artistic lens to the context of European settlement.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra