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    Fionnuala Boyd and Les Evans
    Fionnuala Boyd and Les Evans

    Married to their work

    Artists Boyd and Evans are putting on a new exhibition in their home town Milton Keynes - and they've been married for 39 years! They tell us more about their work and lives.

    Exhibition details

    Milton Keynes Gallery, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA. Tel: 01908 676 900. Admission free. Landmarks runs from Saturday January 29 - Sunday April 3. Open Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-17.00. Closed Mondays and for exhibition changeovers. Easter Closing: 25, 27 & 28 March 2005

    There are opportunities to hear the artists and guest speakers discuss their work in the following informal talks and tours: Sat 29 Jan at 12.00: A city-centre walking tour of the artists work with Boyd & Evans (c.1hr) Sat 19 Feb at 12.00: A short gallery talk by John Best, Chief Executive, Milton Keynes Council; Wed 23 Feb at 19.30: Boyd & Evans discuss their work with Tate Britain curator, Ben Tufnell; Sat 5 Mar at 12.00: A short gallery talk by Nick Heffernan, Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in American Studies, University College Northampton. Saturday talks are free and no booking required. The Wednesday evening talk is a ticketed event. Price £5 (£3 concs) to include a glass of wine. For full details and bookings or information about activities for children linked to the exhibition please ring 01908 676 900.

    Q.   Where did you meet?  

    A.  St Albans School of Art, 1962

    Q.   How long have you been working together?

    A. Since 1968

    Q. Is it purely an artistic relationship?  

    A. No, we’ve been married for 39 years and have two grown-up children

    Q. Have you always worked with each other or do you sometimes work separately/with other people? 

    A. Only together

    Q. How long have you lived in Milton Keynes and what brought you there?  

    A. Since 1982, we painted a big picture for Woughton Leisure Centre in 1980 and then accepted an invitation from the Development Corporation to become Artists-in Residence to MK.

    Q. What do you like/dislike about Milton Keynes? 

    A.  Its possibilities, its future (likes)….not enough good architecture (dislike)….. but we are very enthusiastic citizens

    Q. Do you like exhibiting in your home place?

    A. Very much. They are wonderfully professional at MKG

    Q. What inspires you?

    A. The world around us

    Q. Which medium do you prefer - painting, drawing or photography?

    A. We like them all - it’s more a question of the best medium for the job. We have to go where the work takes us.

    Q. How do you drain the colour from the photographs? 

    Boyd & Evans, Potash Blue (detail), 2004 ©artists.
    Potash Blue by Boyd & Evans

    A. By scanning transparencies and then using Adobe Photoshop software

    Q. Have you got any more plans for trips to America/other parts of the world?

    A. Always, but at the moment they are all in the head.

    Q. What’s your favourite piece of work that you’ve ever created - and why?

    A. Doesn’t work like that……it’s like asking us to choose between our children…. the next piece is always the most exciting

    Q. What are your plans for the future?

    A. To carry on looking and making work

    Q. What do you like doing when you’re not working?

    Boyd & Evans, La Brea, 2004, ©the artists
    La Brea by Boyd & Evans.

    A. A long list but it rarely happens as it’s hard to stop thinking about work or maybe it’s hard to separate the two, but travelling, friends,  films, art, music, walking . .

    last updated: 28/01/05
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    peter yourell
    My wife and i came to milton keynes 1978 had emigrated to south africa in 1972 returned from Africa 1977 to London with our children and liked the open spaces of Milton Keynes I worked engineering and moved to stantonbury thats when i joined a local art group We used to have our meetings At Woughton Campus Milton Keynes at that time their was no Mural and we said we could do it and we were told that it would have to be painted by professional Artists it was that Mural by Boyde and Evens THE PROFESSIONALS.

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