Artist: Richard Bollinger Title Valley Creek Edition: Artist Handsigned and Numbered - limited to 550 Editions on 100% acid free paper. Image size: 17" x 32" Artist Bio: Richard Bollinger was born in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Lansdowne. He attended Temple University and Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia majoring in illustration. His professional career began in 1969 where he worked with a design firm in Philadelphia. Working as both illustrator and designer, his creative and flexible style afforded him a wide range of projects and commissions, from creating simple spot drawings in children’s books to complex detailed illustrations for the United States Navy. In the early 70’s, he accepted a position as Art Director with a Chester County advertising agency. It was there that he began to develop his skills as a painter. By the mid 70’s, his work as a fine artist was rewarded with his first solo exhibition at the Chadds Ford Gallery. When the show sold out, it provided the springboard for him to leave the world of commercial art and devote full time to painting. He has since had over 35 solo shows.
Today, his art is represented in over 125 galleries across America. He has been honored by the Neographic Association with gold and silver awards of excellence on numerous occasions. He was selected by the United States Department of State “Arts in Embassies Program” which promoted and exhibited his work around the world.
Bollinger was awarded the commission to produce the official commemorative painting for Valley Forge National Historic Park for their centennial celebration. He is frequently commissioned by corporate and charitable organizations. Over 150 of his original works have been reproduced as signed, limited editions. His paintings can be found in private and corporate collections across the country.
Bollinger’s home and studio are located in West Chester, PA where he lives with his wife Pat. They have four grown children and seven absolutely brilliant grandchildren.
TYL ... What's It All About? : The letters TYL have accompanied my artwork for over 30 years. They appear near my signature on every original and reproduction I create. Why are they there? What do they mean? They are without a doubt the most frequently asked questions regarding my art. I must confess, that there have been moments when I’ve regretted the day I decided to use those letters. I am often in a gathering where only a quick response to this question is possible. I fear, at those times, in the interest of brevity, I have offered a response to that all important question that could be perceived as trite or maybe even confusing. That simply is not fair to the one who really wants to know… someone who is truly seeking an answer.
Many years ago I had some question…Big ones! “Why am I here”? “What’s life about”? “Where am I going”? As I started my search, through a series of events and relationships, I began to receive answers, answers I never expected, but answers that would eventually have a dramatic impact on my life. After a careful and thoughtful self examination, I recognized that my life was not right with God. This raised more questions but by August 1966 the big ones were satisfied. It was then that I made a life changing decision to begin a personal relationship with God through his Son Jesus Christ. Because of that one decision my entire life changed. The artwork I now produce represents just one of the many wonderful things God has done in my life since that day.
In studying the works of the great masters, I was amazed to discover how many of them wrestled with the same big questions that many of us do today. Leonardo DaVinci, on his deathbed, actually apologized to God for “not working as I ought at my craft”. He had created The Last Supper, The Mona Lisa, and countless other masterpieces. Yet at the end of his life, he felt he had not adequately represented God in his work. As an artist, I understand his struggle. I too want people to see God’s beauty, His creation, and His vastness in my paintings. Yet no matter what I do, or how much of nature I represent in my work, it is only a tiny glimpse into the greatness of God. He is much greater that any art or artist. That is why every time I complete a work of art, I include three small initials TYL. They mean “Thank You Lord”. It’s simply my way of expressing to God my appreciation and deep thanks for what he has done and continues to do in my life.
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