International artist on exhibition at Bas

The travel and tribulations of an unsettled artist expressed in paintings and works on paper will be on show at the Bas this month.

Yvonne Boag’s exhibition Travelling/ Leaving/ Settling, Scotland, Korea, Australia deals with themes of displacement and alienation and her personal experiences with migration.

Boag is an internally-renown Scottish-born printmaker, painter and sculptor who has exhibited regularly in Australia and South Korea as well as in Japan, Europe and Scotland.

Her many travels took her to print workshops in Scotland, the UK and France, where she worked at the famous Atelier Lacouriere & Frelaut, and Atelier Point Marge, in Paris.

But it was living in South Korea as Australia’s first artist-in-residence that was a dominant source of her work; a time that heavily influenced her use of colour.

“When I was working in Paris, I was using Western colour, realistic colours that look like nature,” she said.

“But when I went to Korea, suddenly the colour just exploded because of the colour of their clothes and even the colour of the paint you buy in shops is so different.

“It is not naturalistic. It is quite an unreal colour. Colour to me is quite emotive, which is more like the Korean approach where each colour is symbolic.”

Moving from cities and between countries became the central focus of Boag’s work; the issue of leaving and settling expressed as an epic journey through imagery.

Travelling / Leaving / Settling Scotland, Korea, Australia is on exhibition at the Bas from Saturday 15 May to Sunday 13 June.

Opening night is on Friday 14 May at the Bas, 5.30-7.30pm, while Boag will discuss her work and influences at an artist talk at the Bas on Saturday 15 May, 11am – 12pm.

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