Archie Boon was raised in the town of Saffron Walden, a bucolic environment that has provided the inspiration for many of his paintings. Moving to London to study Fine Art Painting at Camberwell College of Arts, the gardens and allotments of his childhood have continued to influence his work, as he searchingly abstracts the natural landscape with muted colour palettes and dynamic full-body brushstrokes.
‘Windmill Hill’ brings together twelve paintings of the area in Saffron Walden that reveal the elemental energy of the natural world through the changing seasons. With intuitive splatters and moments of unbridled painterly gesture, Boon’s canvases seem to release the dormant energy pulsating in winter vegetation, and later celebrate the bursts of colour and vitality that comes with spring. This rigorous exercise of capturing both the consistency and chaos of nature’s rhythms is evoked through Boons’ masterful balance of figuration and abstraction.
co-curated by Angelica Jopling and Clara Galperin