YVONNE BOAG is a Scottish-born Australian painter and printmaker whose work reflects the many places where she has lived, travelled and worked. Having spent the last 20 years dividing her time between South Korea and Australia, YVONNE BOAG’s art responds to these surroundings through her use of bold colours and forms. In Sydney Surrounds, her work focuses on bringing colour and vibrancy to locations around the Sydney area.
Living indifferent cultural contexts has informed YVONNE BOAG’s preoccupation with displacement. Beginning with moving from Scotland to Australia and, later, moving between Europe, South Korea, Japan and the Lockhart River Aboriginal Community on Cape York, she feeds off this dislocation and her work embodies the discomfort experienced when you don’t belong. At the same time this experience of place lends a genuine sense of curiosity and hyper-awareness to her art practice.
BOAG’s work becomes a response to new surroundings. Images are reduced to semi-abstract forms that combine areas of colour with line. The results are strong graphic forms that take on the character of signs. The pictures are simultaneously simple and complex. They become conversations between the artist and her context, reflecting the range of responses to being in a foreign place. There is a vivid and immediate quality to her works. Acrylics are used to capture those visceral encounters with new places and foreign vistas. The result is a patchwork of joyous and vibrant pops of colour in each work; radiating hot with energy and a sense of hyper-stimulation, as if attempting to drink in the sites all at once.
The not-so-far afield places surrounding Sydney depicted by YVONNE BOAG are tonally paired down to a select range of thematic colours and simplified forms that render the scenes almost completely abstract. Sense of perspective almost disappears from each composition of shapes and colours. However, the limited palette and forms within each work help to evoke a sense of time and place across these paintings.