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Inspiration

I first wrote this nearly 20 years ago as part of my application for the M.A. Course at Grays and reading it again I'm struck by how much it still informs my work today.

In my work, I am trying to evoke in the viewer, a childhood memory of a day or a long forgotten moment, and to reawaken the sense of pleasure and lost innocence this memory brings.

I hope to achieve this response through a combination of visual references, intellectual elements and emotional triggers.

In the paintings, the visual references are the trees, cottages, dykes ( stone walls ) birds, sheep, cows and so on, which I interpret in a naïve simplified style.

The intellectual element is the sense of it being a visual record of an actual place i.e. Cookney or Glen Isla and the emotional triggers are chiefly the expressive, vibrant colour I use, but the texture, shapes and rhythmic 'marks' I make as the painting develops are also important.

In my current work, I am slowly working toward diminishing the intellectual elements, refining and simplifying the visual references and trying to rely more on the emotional triggers, to elicit a response.

My aim is to make work, which will impact on the person seeing it in a sense similar to that felt on listening to a familiar or favourite piece of music.

Francis 

Gallery Ury - Open Weekend

A BIG 'thank you' to everyone who took the time to visit the Open Studio this weekend.

Sunday in particular was incredibly busy with a 'full house' all afternoon. Apologies if I didn't find time to chat with you as it was a bit hectic, but I do appreciate the support of everyone who turned up, from old friends to new 'fans'.

I hope everyone who left with a brand new 'Boag' has found the perfect spot for it at home.

I hope you'll keep in touch through Facebook and also Instagram where I try to post a new image every day.

Thank you again, Francis.

UNICEF Christmas Cards

As many of you know for many years I have contributed greeting card designs to International Children’s Charity, UNICEF. This month, the charity got in touch to let me know that my Winter Landscapes were their best selling Christmas cards this year. The entire edition sold out and raised a total of £36,000, which will go to help their work with the world’s most vulnerable children.

I have always felt privileged that UNICEF have been able to use my work over the years and made it possible to support the fantastic work they do.

Following such a fantastic response to the Christmas card designs, I have decided to offer the designs as Limited Edition prints.

These prints will be available for a short period of time on the Boagart Publishing website and all profits will be going towards the wonderful work UNICEF do across the world.

Thanks for your continued support. 

Francis

Welcome to BoagArt Publishing

My year long residency as Artist in Residence at Fraser East in St Andrews has now drawn to a close and its time to look ahead and make new plans.
 
The residency certainly fulfilled one of its main aims, in that it provided plenty of opportunities for engaging and interacting with a huge range of people who came to the Gallery to view my work.
 
I didn't encounter any negative reactions, at least not to my face (!) however there was one thread running through some of the responses which made me pause for thought.
 
People would look around the show and on leaving say something along the lines of,

“I love your work, I've always been a big fan and when I win the lottery I'll treat myself to a painting”
 
This, or a similar sentiment, was expressed too often to ignore and I thought 'when did you have to become a lottery winner to afford one of my paintings?'
 
But, looking around at the prices on the wall I could understand. You need an awful lot of disposable income to treat yourself to even a comparatively modest painting.
 
So, what could I do about it?
 
I have always been proud of the fact that my paintings appealed not to a small ‘cultured’ elite but to a wide spectrum of people, across all sorts of boundaries, whether they be geographical, social class, gender, intellectual and culture. The last thing I want to happen as a result of any success I have achieved is to price people out of owning and enjoying my paintings.
 
With this in mind I have, in collaboration with my children, created ‘BoagArt Publishing’ - an online resource as a means of providing access to my entire back catalogue of paintings at affordable prices.
 
Through this venture anyone wishing to own one of my paintings should be able to find something to match their budget. The range stretches all the way from greetings cards, books, open edition prints, limited edition prints and framed original paintings.
 
The top price for any item is £500.
 
This is not the first time my work has been available in print, but new technology means that almost any painting you see in an exhibition can be reproduced as a high-quality, signed, limited edition print.
 
We also intend to keep the size of the editions low which should increase the feeling of owning something special (as well as the residual value).
 
I am also very happy to now be able to offer small original paintings direct from my studio at a very competitive price.
 
As far as my paintings go, I truly feel 'small is beautiful' as I put as much thought and effort into my small paintings as any of the bigger pieces. In fact sometimes the smaller works have a spontaneity or 'va-va-voom' which can be hard to replicate in larger work.
 
I hope that I have done my bit to make sure that anyone who would like to own an original Francis Boag painting will never again be able to say to me “I love your work, but I can’t afford it”.

Francis