Randy Bolton is known for his innovative work as a print artist and teacher. He received his BFA from the University of North Texas in 1978 and MFA from the Ohio State University in 1982. Bolton has taught in visiting artist positions across the United States including the School of Art Institute of Chicago and University of Delaware. In 2002, Bolton was appointed Head of the Print Media Department and Artist in Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. His work has been widely exhibited in one-person and group shows since 1982 throughout the USA, Europe and Asia. His prints are in the museum collections of the Detroit Institute of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts – Boston and the Art Institute of Chicago.
- Gray Skies, 1994
- Randy Bolton, American (b. 1956)
- Silkscreen, edition of 125, pencil signed, numbered and dated, limited numbered edition of 125
- Commissioned by The Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Measures 30” x 22” inches
“Bolton’s work is characterized by an exploration of images that seem familiar and comforting on first glance, but become strange and disturbing on further consideration. His prints borrow from and adapt the nostalgia-evolving illustrations of early children’s books and science texts. In their original contexts these pictures served as visual tools to help educate young minds about acceptable morals and beliefs. In his work, however, Bolton has reclaimed these illustrations with a more subversive intent. By digitally altering and recombining fragments of these old illustrations, new meanings are suggested in which an undercurrent of uncertainty or apprehension undermines the initial flash of familiarity and comfort. Images originally intended to reflect childhood security and innocence become ironic metaphors of a chaotic world that is threatened by forces beyond our true comprehension and control… Despite the seemingly amusing quality of the images he employs, there is an element of concern in Bolton’s work and a vague feeling that the valuable things in life are in jeopardy.”