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Open Studio Weekend: April 8th & 9th 2017

If your memory is better than mine you may recall receiving a similar invitation to this just over a year ago.

The event in 2016 seemed by all accounts to be very well received so I have decided to repeat the same format for a ‘Meet the Artist’ event on the weekend of April 8th and 9th 2017.

I have been working my socks off over this exceedingly mild winter and this will be a first chance to see the fruits of my labours.

I hope everyone who joined me last year enjoyed it enough to want come along again and we look forward to welcoming many new faces.

As well as a large body of brand new original paintings, BoagArt Publishing will also be launching two very different print ranges, and once again there will be a selection of books, cards and small framed prints.

We will be open Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm.

Full details of the event will also be on the Boagart Publishing website and Facebook page.

My address is:

Old Mill Steading
Home Farm
Ury Estate
Stonehaven
AB39 3ST
Tel. 01569 762764

For directions to the Ury Estate see below.

The only way into the Ury Estate at the moment is via the Slug road.

Follow signs to Banchory B957.

As you leave  Stonehaven, after about a mile, on your right, you will see a blue sign saying ‘FM Ury Estate; Blue Lodge’. That is the entrance to the estate.

You should pass over two-speed bumps spaced a few yards apart and 50 yards further on, at a granite roadside sign saying  'Ury Home Farm’ take a left turn.

Follow the road round and we are the last house on the right.

Find me on -

TWITTER: @FrancisBoag
INSTAGRAM: @francisboag
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/boagartpublishing
TUMBLR: www.francisboagart.tumblr.com

Look forward to seeing you all. 

Francis 

 

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