Progressing techniques of contemporary painting, Boling creates two distinct bodies of work. His densely-packed oil paintings of crowds revere the anonymous moments of social celebration. His compositions translate larger-than-life scenes using a limited color palette and cell-shaded forms. People, architecture, and confetti are rendered precisely while Boling’s use of a wavering hard-edge approach adds subtle complexity to the details.
His sanded paintings are abstract works that praise perfection in imperfection. These compositions document the physical labor involved in their creation. Once finished and polished, they accentuate the richness of the paint and his mark. These paintings are conceptually situated in Boling’s working-class upbringing, integrating these motifs alongside the aspirations and ornateness of visibility. When buffed to a shine, the viewer is presented with an opportunity of reflection.
Originally from St. Louis, MO, Rick Boling lives and works in Downtown Los Angeles, CA. In 2021, he was awarded grant funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in partnership with The Luminary. When he’s not painting, you can find him collaborating with rappers, fashion designers, and car enthusiasts.
Los Angeles, CA 90014 | 314.608.5449 | Rick@RickBoling.com
2023 - Recent Paintings, Currus, Agoura Hills, CA
2022 - Re:complete, Gib and Rib, Santa Barbara, CA
2019 - Pink Dip, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO
2023 - LOT 49, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO
2023 - Peace, Love, Art, Athletes and Causes Foundation, Online
2023 - Abstract Adjacent, Mon Dieu, Los Angeles, CA
2021 - Self-Reflections, The Foundry Art Center, St. Louis, MO
2021 - Futures Fund, Jurors: Marina Peng, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Roya Amirsoleymani, The Luminary and The Andy Warhol Foundation of Visual Arts, St. Louis MO
2023 - Leah Schwartz, “Mon Dieu Projects’ 2nd show bridges gap between figurative form, impression,” Downtown Los Angeles News, June 5, 2023, Link.
2023 - “Mon Dieu Projects Embraces Chaos with Abstract Adjacent,” Aspire Magazine, May 23, 2023, Link.
2021 - Jeremy D. Goodwin, “Luminary Gallery Awards $60K In Grants To St. Louis Artists Working For Social Change,” St. Louis Public Radio, April 18, 2021 Link.
2019-20 - Webster University
2011-12 - Kansas City Art Institute