Two Surfers at Sands
This painting depicts two surfers placed in the middle of waves. Besides the water and the sky, only the figures and their boards are visible. Painted on found batik textile, this work exemplifies the artist's signature blend of indigenous Javanese crafts and Western modes of oil painting—both aspects of his family’s Dutch-Indonesian heritage. De Boer studies and 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.