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    Francis Boag
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NEOS Q&A

As many of you may know, last month, I was involved in the North East Open Studios.

During the week, I was asked to take part in a Q&A with the Press and Journal and discuss my ongoing involvement with NEOS. I've put together a blog for anyone who may have missed last month's article and is interested in finding out more about my journey as an artist, feel free to have a read. 

Where are you from?

I was born and grew up in Dundee. I didn't move up to the North East until 1989.

What medium do you work in?

I mostly work with acrylics and also some collage.

Do you exhibit often?

Yes, my work is always on show somewhere.

Where do you exhibit?

These days I tend to exhibit with a small group of galleries, mostly people who have become friends over the years.

When I was building my career I was showing in up to 30 to 40 galleries, all over the UK including several London galleries and also in Paris, New York, Seattle, Munich, Dublin and I even had prints for sale in Baghdad!

Where is your studio/where do you work?

My studio is now at my home on the Ury Estate in Stonehaven.

How long have you been an artist?

Hopefully I have always been an artist, but it has been my full-time exclusive career since 2001.

Have you always wanted to be an artist?

Yes, I had a poem published in the school magazine when I was in my first year at secondary school and the first line read 'I wish I was a painter, a Raphael or Holbein...' and finished 'I would sign myself, Francesco de Boagi'

Have you done any training?

I attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, during the sixties...my main claim to fame being I booked Pink Floyd for our Christmas Revels.

In 1999 I managed to obtain a sabbatical from teaching and studied at Grays for an M A.

Have you done any other jobs?

Yes, mostly teaching - I was Head of Art and Design at Aberdeen Grammar School from 1989 until 2001. It was then that I made one of the most difficult decisions of my life to give up teaching and pursue a career as an artist.

What inspires you?

I have often considered that question and have reached the conclusion that because the world is such a beautiful place, especially as you get older, as long as I walk around with my eyes open I will never be short of inspiration.

Why did you decide to take part in NEOS?

I decided early on in the year that I was going to make NEOS my big exhibition of 2016.

How many years have you been doing NEOS?

I think I did my first NEOS in 2008.

What do you want to achieve from NEOS?

What I've always wanted to achieve from my paintings, I want lots of people to visit and everyone to enjoy my work. I may be wrong but I would imagine almost all the artists taking part in NEOS are looking for the same thing.

What do you want people who look at your work to come away thinking?

I want them to go away thinking 'I really enjoyed that and I'm glad I took the time to visit'.

Francis 

  • Post author
    Francis Boag
  • artistNEOSNorth EastStonehavenStudio

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  • Oct 29, 2016

    I have just ordered your cards from the Unicef catalogue and was so impressed I had to find out more about you. I think it’s great that you are happy to share advice with other artists as well as your beautiful paintings.

    I usually paint in watercolour, but like you I love bright colours and collage. I also like to share what I do with others and I work with residents in care homes to create works of art.

    — Helena Edwards

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