Alexander Boynes is a Canberra-based multidisciplinary artist and curator whose practice encompasses painting, photography, print media, light-based work and video installation. He is a creative thinker who views the world through a strong and defined social conscience reflecting deeply on our country’s shared past. His work, in recent years, deals with the social and environmental effects of climate change. His powerful yet softly rendered aluminum panels depict scenes ranging from the aftermath of the devastating 2019-2020 bush fires to landscapes now dominated by the power stations of the fossil fuel industry. Alexander’s work compels us to confront these issues, imploring us to act urgently. He writes, “As caretakers of the land, it is our responsibility to once again harness such practices and restore nature’s balance. Though living in the Anthropocene and coping with the effects of climate change might seem like an impossible task, we must nurture hope. There is still time.” As art historian and critic Sasha Grishin AM stated in a review of his first Beaver Galleries exhibition, “What Boynes has achieved is a visual language, one that is very contemporary in its look and that he is starting to own.”
Alexander Boynes graduated with honours in gold and silversmithing from the School of Art at the Australian National University in 2004. The following year his work featured in ‘Talente’ at the Munich Art Fair. He held his first solo exhibition in 2009 in Canberra and has since exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions around Australia. His collaborative projects include ‘Arnhembrand’, an art, science and stories project promoting healthy country and communities in Arnhem Land, undertaken with Mandy Martin. In 2016, he collaborated with choreographer/dancer Laura Boynes and cellist/composer Tristen Parr to present a full-length performance work, ‘Dark Matter’, at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. ‘Luminous Relic’, a major painting, sound and moving image work that he created with Mandy Martin and Tristen Parr, was exhibited at Geelong Gallery and Orange Regional Gallery in 2017 and Canberra Museum and Gallery in 2019. Then, in 2021-22, their large scale collaborative painting, video and sound work, ‘Step Change’, was exhibited as part of the Fremantle Biennale and at the Belconnen Arts Centre. Alexander’s work is represented in many collections including those of Artbank, the University of Canberra, the ACT Legislative Assembly, the Macquarie Group and the Centre for Art + Environment in Nevada, USA.