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D’Arcy W. Doyle was a 20th-century Australian painter known for his nostalgic depictions of his home country. Throughout his images of the outback and historical Australian scenes, he worked in a realist style reminiscent of the illustrations of American painter Norman Rockwell. Born on November 19, 1932 in Ipswich, Australia, Doyle had no formal education in the arts and learned most of skills from copying the work of sign writers and by drawing his observed environment. Doyle worked in Sydney during the 1960s. His career progressed when the Belmore Returned Services Club of Sydney commissioned him to paint a mural on the club walls. This was so popular that he received many similar commissions from other clubs.
Doyle has a deep affinity with the Australian bush and his work focuses on horses, sheep, drovers, and other farm activities as well as children's games and sport. D'Arcy Doyle gives us a nostalgic impression of post-war Brisbane and Ipswich as he recalls it. D'Arcy's work was very well known as he marketed many of his paintings as prints, which were very popular with the public and which were also licensed for use on calendars and biscuit tins. It was estimated that 1 in 10 Australian homes had one of his works in some form.
After his death, the d'Arcy Doyle Art Awards were established to perpetuate his memory and to encourage others in creation of quintessentially Australian Art.
Doyle died on August 28, 2001 in Mudgeeraba, Australia.