Richard Bolingbroke was born in Southsea, England in 1952, and grew up in the south
of England. He took a pre-diploma art course at Winchester Art College in 1969 and then went
on to study Geography at London University in 1970. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Geography
in 1973, having all the while continued to paint in an unused laboratory on campus.
He traveled to India in 1976, and lived there for five years on a life-defining spiritual journey.
He returning to Europe in 1981 living briefly in Amsterdam, and then moved to the United States
on Thanksgiving Day 1981. After a cold winter on the East coast he moved west, spending
four years in Oregon, lived briefly in Phoenix, and moved to his current home in San
Francisco, California, in 1986.
As an artist his work has embraced many phases and styles. At art school, sculpture
and photography were his main areas of work, but later explorations led to a greater interest
in painting, especially conceptual and philosophical questions about time, creativity and the nature
of reality. He also discovered a lifelong obsession with color as primary force in painting.
While traveling, he taught himself watercolor due to its ease of use on the road,
painting landscapes as he worked his way across Asia to India. He began working in still-life when
he arrived in San Francisco and it has remained his principle genre since then although he
recently returned to the theme of landscape with a series of images of trees in the
California landscape in chalk pastels and oils.
While watercolor is still his primary medium, his recent purchase of a printing press
has allowed him to continue his work with monoprints. Recent investigations of pattern and
color have resulted in complex watercolor images using Japanese kimonos and various
personal objects from his studio. This work developed into the series Rituals and Meditations, which
has continued Bolingbrokes’ keen observation of nature and turned it inwards to look at the duality
of phenomena, such as Life and Death.
Currently he is teaching Monotype courses at his studio on the Hunters Point Navalk Base
Recent shows include a group still-life show at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara and a solo show at the Villa Terrace Museum in Milwaukee