Maybe I am biased but my childhood friend Adam de Boar’s art show Traveller’s Palm is by far one of my top favorites I’ve seen all year! And you should see it too because it is open until January 13, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am–5 pm at Hunter Shaw Fine Art gallery at 5513 Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019. And some pieces are still up for sale.
I’ve known Adam for almost all of my life and I have watched him grow and develop into a fantastic painter, thinker, and maker. He started out by painting environmental scenes from the fights that would happen in our high school. His work later grew to become more in-depth and meaningful with his eight-year-long exploration of indigenous Javanese crafts which de Boer has studied most recently on a 2017 Fulbright fellowship to Indonesia.
De Boer’s fellowship to Indonesia and his desire to connect to his Dutch-Indonesian roots brought forth many interesting techniques and use of materials in his craftsmanship. The complex details of each unique hand-made and well thought-out pieces were a combination from Javanese crafts Palm, batik technique, woven pandan leaf, carved teak, and rawhide. Each spacial material and every medium tells the story of Adam’s post-colonial identity.