Bank Street Gallery

Bank Street Gallery
francis boag

Francis Boag

It is perhaps a trite question, but ask any artist about a retrospective and their response is not always immediate.  Humility can be an instant impediment (and Francis Boag has that in abundance) but so too are more profound considerations.  Like making a will, is the retrospective a signpost to the end?  Following the success of his own last year, marking his sixtieth birthday, Francis Boag now turns to consider the future, still looking for signposts - but this time to the future.

As they say in these parts, Boag's reputation is for "makin' bonny pictures".  A quiet man, contained and yet silently unreserved, he fills space with a still charisma and paints with the communicative skill of a master.  His work, in isolation or collection, creates emotional resonance.  It is evocative such that it almost invariably elicits an audible response - a wonderful counterpoint to this silent man.

Renowned for his searing hot palette and expressionist landscapes of the north-east of Scotland, this show sees Boag explore the boundaries of his style.  Followers will still see the influence of early mentors - Morocco and McClure in particular.  The palette loses none of its heat, but the touch and use of light produce a new delicacy and translucence, perhaps more redolent of earlier Scottish artists - Arthur Melville and J W Herald in particular.


signposts to diversity runs from 20th November until 31st December