Cardboard Chronicles: The Biblical Art of Rudolph Bostic brings together twenty-three paintings from one of America’s most amazing self-taught artists. His vibrant images, rendered in enamel and house paint with a shimmering glossy finish on cardboard and his flamboyant use of color put him in a category all his own.
Rudolph, who lives in Savannah, Georgia, says that his inspirations come from many sources, “especially the Bible and reproductions of the works of the masters such as Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.” Bostic’s work was featured in the 2005 inaugural exhibition of the Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art in Savannah, GA, and his art is in the permanent collection of the High Museum in Atlanta, GA. Some of the most prestigious southern galleries of folk art represent Bostic’s paintings.
Cardboard Chronicles begins with The Creation of Adam, Adam and Eve Naming the Animals and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, then turns to the colorful story of Noah. Many of his paintings portray the life of Christ. Comforting Mary (Annunciation) begins this journey, and Nativity with Angel portrays the incarnation of the Lord. Peace Be Still is a stunning interpretation of his encounter on the Sea of Galilee with his disciples, and The Last Supper is a real testimony to the influence of historical art on Bostic’s work. The show includes images of the death of Christ; Crucifixion, Pietà, and Lamentation/Two Women at Jesus’ Death. Angels Receive Orders from Jesus offers us the finale to Cardboard Chronicles: The Biblical Art of Rudolph Bostic.