Yvonne Boag, Sound of Gangseo-gu (detail), 2016, Acrylic on linen, 130 x 162cm

Yvonne Boag
Travelling / Leaving / Settling; Scotland, Korea, Australia
Sat 15 May – Sun 13 June 2021

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm

Yvonne deals with themes of displacement and alienation and her own personal experiences with migration. This moving from cities and between countries became the central focus of her work as a consequence of migration or displacement, the issue of leaving and settling, an epic journey expressed through her visual images.

Boag works in a range of mediums and scales. In her paintings she connects and emphasises the relationship between the painted surface and the intimacy of her prints, drawings and artist’s books.

Boag 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, as well as being Australia’s first artist-in-residence in Korea. The Lockhart River Painting Project was developed primarily from the sense of disconnectedness that Yvonne encountered over a number of visits to this small and isolated community of 600 residents. But South Korea, has been the dominant source of Yvonne’s work.  

She notes that living in South Korea has influenced her choice of colours. “When I was working in Paris, I was using Western colour, realistic colours that look like nature. 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.”

Immersed in the deep links and multi-layered relationship between Scotland- Korea and Australia, the exhibition Travelling/ Leaving/ Settling, Scotland, Korea, Australia, Paintings, Works on Paper and Artists Books, explores the theme of the travel and tribulations of an unsettled artist.

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About the artist

Scottish born printmaker, painter and sculptor Yvonne Boag (1954) arrived with her family in South Australia in 1964. Yvonne studied visual art and graduated from the South Australian School of Art under Franz Kempf (Dip FA – Printmaking 1977) and has a Master of Fine Art, Monash University, Australia (2000)

After graduating, she has had periods living and working in Melbourne, Sydney, the Lockhart River Aboriginal community, and in Paris for three years. But it is South Korea that has dominated her work since she first visited in 1993. For more than 20 years, Yvonne divided her time between South Korea and Australia, spending 10 months a year in Seoul, the rest in Sydney.

Yvonne is an artist with an international reputation, having exhibited regularly in Australia and South Korea as well as exhibitions in Japan, Europe and Scotland.
She taught art at the National Art School, Sydney University, University of New South Wales and the Australian National University and has been an invited Professor at Ewha Women’s University and Hong Ik University in Seoul, South Korea.

Opening night: Friday 14 May 2021, 5.30–7.30pm
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Public program | artist talk: Saturday 15 May 2021, 11am–12pm
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