Jan-Henri Booyens (born 1981) paints with the giddy arrogance of the 1960s and 1970s. Hard-edged lines and painterly brush strokes form two-dimensional, abstract landscapes with a magnetic luster and dynamic spatial tension. His compositions evoke landscapes built on systems of fractal geometry, and yet they retain the spontaneity of an intuitive creation process. His preference for large-scale canvasses allows a robust physicality to emerge, along with Booyens’ very particular use of colour and hue.
Booyens studied at the Durban Institute of Technology and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. He lives and works between Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa.