Adam de Boer

Adam de Boer graduated with a BA in Painting from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2006) and an MA in Fine Art from the Chelsea College of Art, London (2012). Recent exhibitions include Hunter Shaw Fine Art, Los Angeles (2018/2016); Elevator Mondays, Los Angeles (2018); World Trade Centre, Jakarta (2018); Art|Jog, Yogyakarta (2018/2015); Redbase Foundation, Yogyakarta (2017); Riflemaker, London (2016/2013/2011); Indonesian Contemporary Art Network, Yogyakarta (2014); University of California, Santa Barbara (2014); Escuela Taller, Bogotá (2013); Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC (2010).

In 2017, de Boer was awarded a Fulbright research fellowship to Indonesia. Other grants include those from Arts for India, The Cultural Development Corporation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and The Santa Barbara Arts Fund.

For the past seven years de Boer has travelled throughout Indonesia to investigate his Eurasian heritage. His recent work employs imagery and traditional crafts from the region as a way to connect his artistic practice with those of his distant cultural forebears. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Fool’s Cap Map of the World, 2019, wax-resist acrylic paint washes and crayon on linen 30 x 40 inches
Monday Evening Studio View, 2020, wax-resist acrylic paint washes and crayon on linen 92 x 120 inches
Detail: Monday Evening Studio View, 2020, wax-resist acrylic paint washes and crayon on linen 92 x 120 inches
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  1. […] Adam de Boer lives and works in Los Angeles. When he spoke to us he was enmeshed in a series of batik paintings for an exhibition at Hunter Shaw Fine Art Gallery alongside the work of artist Tammy Nguyen. Batik is a wax resist dying technique native to Java Indonesia, where de Boer’s father was born. Growing up a suburban kid, it was surfing that first led de Boer back to his ancestral home where he encountered Batik. His paintings are hybrid works that draw on his particular ancestry and trajectory. The cover image on this week’s newsletter is de Boer’s Fool’s Cap Map of the World which the artist discusses extensively in the interview. To hear this and more, listen to the entire conversation. […]

  2. […] Adam de Boer lives and works in Los Angeles. When he spoke to us he was enmeshed in a series of batik paintings for an exhibition at Hunter Shaw Fine Art Gallery alongside the work of artist Tammy Nguyen. Batik is a wax resist dying technique native to Java Indonesia, where de Boer’s father was born. Growing up a suburban kid, it was surfing that first led de Boer back to his ancestral home where he encountered Batik. His paintings are hybrid works that draw on his particular ancestry and trajectory. The cover image on this week’s newsletter is de Boer’s Fool’s Cap Map of the World which the artist discusses extensively in the interview. To hear this and more, listen to the entire conversation. […]