For more than twenty years, Gary Bolding has worked toward creating exquisitely polished, often surrealistic paintings that take thoughtful, but humorous looks at art historical and pop culture references. In paintings such as Man with a Flaming Wiener, he packs together layer upon layer of self-referential and more broadly cultural material. Most recently, however, Bolding has moved into an entirely different mode of painting: richly textured, highly abstracted, subtly colored, and large-scale. This new work, still layered to a strong degree, brings the imagery of his paintings back to the surface of the canvas, replacing a Renaissance view of the painting as window with a thick impasto that projects from the wall.
Currently Professor of Art at Stetson University, Bolding has had one-person exhibitions in venues throughout Florida, the Southeast, Europe and Mexico. He has received numerous awards and honors during his career, has been the recipient of two Individual Artist Fellowships from the State of Florida, and was a finalist for an NEA/Southern Arts Federation Fellowship.