Arthur Boyd: The Life of Saint Francis

Celebrated Australian artist Arthur Boyd and his vision of the endearing medieval Italian saint, St. Francis of Assisi, has made it to Adelaide from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Curated for display in Adelaide by The David Roche Foundation, these works are a must-see in person to truly appreciate their depth, vibrancy and sheer scale.

Rarely seen, a selection of Boyd’s large and spectacular tapestries illustrating the life of the saint are joined by pastels and lithographs exploring the universal human conditions of love and pain, sacrifice and compassion. 

Through his work, Boyd sought to make visible the essence and life spirit of St Francis the man, examining the condition of sainthood from a human point of view. Boyd shared a spiritual affinity with St Francis, drawn to the way St Francis placed an emphasis on charity and selflessness, refused to live lavishly and resisted holding on to possessions. These shared values are reflected in his works and perhaps further encouraged his fascination with St Francis.

Once completed, the Life of Saint Francis tapestries were not exhibited, instead disappearing from the public domain after being placed into storage. Twelve St Francis tapestries will be exhibited by The David Roche Foundation, five of which have never been displayed, making this exhibition the most ever shown to the public in nearly fifty years. Take this rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty and history of Saint Francis of Assisi, only at The David Roche Foundation until 2 September 2023.


Arthur Boyd: The Life of Saint Francis

Curated by TDRF from the National Gallery of Australia collection, Canberra

Until 2 September 2023

Tuesday – Saturday | 10am – 4pm

Only at The David Roche Foundation.

241 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

P: (08) 8267 3677 | W: www.rochefoundation.com.au

No booking required. Tickets available to purchase at the door.

Adult: $15

Concession: $12

TDRF Members: $11

Children under 12: Free