Painting | Level 2
Boyd & Evans
Long Strand, 1996, Oil on Canvas, Boyd and Evans © Boyd and Evans. Photo credit: Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, art collection.
Boyd & Evans believe that the life of a painting depends on what the viewer brings to it and that words can ‘damage’ paintings.
They use photography as sketchbooks. Their images are composite, reformed from photographs, pictures or situations they have observed and documented, designed to both tell a story but to lead the viewer to create their own narrative.
The artists have been long term supporters and actively involved in the hospital art collection and arts programme - you can find many other artworks kindly on loan throughout the hospital. Their large scale photographic work Inside Out (2017) welcomes you to the main entrance of the Hospital.
Inside Out is a photographic work; on the wall side, 240 separate frames digitally joined to make one image and on the window side a complex collage, all assembled to create a stunning woodland park for visitors to the hospital. The work is compiled of photographs taken from across Milton Keynes and surrounding areas and celebrates Milton Keynes Development Corporation’s original concept of a ‘City in a Forest’. Inside Out was commissioned by Arts for Health Milton Keynes, supported by Milton Keynes Council, for the opening of the new main entrance in 2018 and was printed and installed by Format, Milton Keynes.
Fionnuala Boyd and Les Evans (Boyd & Evans) have been working collaboratively since 1968. One of their most well-known pieces in Milton Keynes is Fiction, Non-fiction and Reference in the Central Library.
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