Offshore Blush 2
In this serene seascape, the artist captures the soft pink light of early morning reflected on the backside of a passing wave. The composition suggests the vantage point of a surfer resting or waiting in the water. The crest of the wave becomes a spray of mist in the offshore breeze adding to the blissful tranquility of the image. The scene is rendered in sensuous washes of color and refined linework—an example of the artist’s deft application of wax-resist acrylic staining, a method he adopted from traditional Javanese techniques.
Over the past decade, Los Angeles-based artist Adam de Boer has studied the indigenous crafts of his family’s Dutch-Indonesian heritage. His work combines traditional Javanese crafts, such as batik and wood carving, with Western modes of oil painting. De Boer adapts Javanese craft forms to capture the cultural hodgepodge of present-day Los Angeles while maintaining a strong connection to his own immigrant heritage.
Over the past decade, Adam de Boer’s work has combined traditional Javanese crafts, such as wood carving and batik, with Western modes of oil painting. His urban scenes explore the visual textures, cultural minglings and socioeconomic realities of contemporary urban life. De Boer’s work depicts the cultural hodgepodge that is Los Angeles while maintaining a strong connection to his own Dutch-Indonesian immigrant heritage.