Irish multidisciplinary artist George Bolster lives and works in NYC. He has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries in Europe, America, Korea and Canada. His work -through oppositional narratives- addresses ideas and belief systems from multiple perspectives. In films such as Un/natural History: Drowning Captiva (addressing climate change, rising sea levels and Rauschenberg's environmental legacy) and The Moon, McMoon’s, and the Moon Museum (which focuses on the first art object in space, and long-term cultural preservation and conservation in the face of environmental disintegration), he uses a combination of science, art history, and science fiction to examine our most prescient societal and species-wide challenges.
His recent solo exhibitions include: Tatooine: Sci-Fi Becoming Fact, Sirius Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland; Towards A Universal Sublime, Bratislava, Slovakia (2018); Amazement Insulates Us All, Memento Vivere, The Lab, Dublin, Ireland (2015); Un/natural History: Drowning Captiva, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada (2014); High on Christ, Chung King Projects, Los Angeles, California, USA (2009); and sociodesic: a space for the three great loves, Galway Art Centre, Ireland (2010). His recent group exhibitions include: Traveling to the End, MMCA, Seoul, Korea (2019); Music +Maker, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Ireland (2019); In The Future, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London, UK (2018); Making Contact: SETI Artists in Residence, New Museum Los Gatos, California, USA (2016); Et si on s’était trompé?, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France (2015); Tulca: seachange, Galway, Ireland (2015); /seconds, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2014); These Days: Elegies for Modern Times, Mass MoCA, Massachusetts, USA (2009). His recent residencies include: Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris, France (2019); Elizabeth Foundation for The Arts, New York, USA (2017); SETI Institute, Mountain View, California, USA (2016-17); and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, Florida, USA (2013).
Bolster is the recipient of residencies including: Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris, France (2019); Elizabeth Foundation for The Arts, New York, USA (2017); SETI Institute, Mountain View, California (2016-17); the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, Florida, USA (2013); and The Firestation Residency, Dublin, Ireland (2012). Bolster has been awarded numerous grants from the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland and the Arts Council of England.