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Image courtesy of PLATO Gallery.

Adam de Boer

b. 1984, California

For over a decade, Adam de Boer’s work has combined traditional Javanese crafts, such as wood carving and batik, with Western oil painting as a way to connect his artistic practice with those of his distant cultural forebears. His coastal scenes and cityscapes explore the visual textures, cultural minglings and socioeconomic realities of California and Indonesia. De Boer’s work depicts the cultural hodgepodge that is Los Angeles while maintaining a strong connection to his own Dutch-Indonesian immigrant heritage.

Adam de Boer graduated with a BFA 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). His work has been exhibited at PLATO (2024); Taymour Grahne Projects, London (2024, 2022); The Pit, Los Angeles (2023); Gajah Gallery, Jakarta and Singapore (2023, 2022); Ben Brown Fine Arts, London and Hong Kong (2022); The Hole, New York and Los Angeles (2023, 2022); Hunter Shaw Fine Art, Los Angeles (2020, 2018); World Trade Centre, Jakarta (2018); and Art Jog, Yogyakarta (2018, 2015).

De Boer is currently a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellow and in 2017 was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Java, Indonesia. Other grants include those from the University of the Arts, London + Arts for India, The Cultural Development Corporation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and The Santa Barbara Arts Fund.


Adam de Boer, Beachwood Canyon no. 3, 2023, batik on linen, 40 x 48 in.


Adam de Boer, Long Days Wane, 2022, batik and oil paint on linen, 59 x 39¼ in.

Adam de Boer, Palm Reflections, 2023, batik on linen, 40 x 28 in.

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