16 June – 3 July 2016
about the exhibition
Alexander Boynes is a Canberra artist who has “always been interested in capturing …movement and dynamism in the body.” This dynamism is achieved through the use of sharp linear patterns within figures and a palette of strong bright colour, with the image seeming to leap off its aluminium surface. Another characteristic of Alexander’s work is the fluoro paint that he applies to the back of the panel creating a coloured aureole around the work, similar to that of a neon sign. Alexander’s first solo exhibition at Beaver Galleries is a culmination of the various disciplines that make up his practice – painting, photography, print media, light-based work, and video installation. His concept for this exhibition has evolved from periods spent working and researching two collaborative projects. The first of these is Arnhembrand, an art, science and stories project that promotes the objectives of healthy country and communities in the Djelk Indigenous Protected Area in Arnhem Land. The second is PRAXIS, a multi-disciplinary art collective Alexander established with dancer/choreographer Laura Boynes, and cellist/composer Tristen Parr in 2013, exploring the link between visual art, performance, and sound.Alexander is a creative thinker who views the world through a strong and defined social conscience reflecting deeply on our country’s shared past. These views, combined with the many disciplines he works within, inform and reflect Alexander’s contemporary and unique art practice. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that Alexander’s works may contain images of deceased persons.
Alexander graduated from the Australian National University School of Art with Honours in Gold and Silversmithing in 2004 and, in 2005, his work was exhibited at the “Talente” art fair in Munich, Germany. He held his first solo exhibition in 2009 in Canberra and, since then, he has exhibited extensively in both solo and group exhibitions around Australia. Alexander is an experienced arts administrator and curator and has curated many shows through his work at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space.