Brock DeBoer


Brock DeBoer’s artistic process as a ceramic sculptor utilizes porcelain, historical motifs and surface treatments to recontextualize detritus, outdated objects. For DeBoer the source of the objects he recreates come from childhood and popular culture such as sneakers and Nintendo. Many are highly nostalgic to his generation and beyond as there are also historical references such as a bust of Michelangelo’s David found in past and current works. DeBoer sees these collections and still lifes as self portraits and tangible memories of another time and place. DeBoer draws influence from his midwestern upbringing combined with the ever-changing and vastly diverse landscape of Los Angeles. Using his extensive knowledge of ceramic materials and processes DeBoer brings his sculptures a new life becoming heirlooms of the 21st century. By using classical blue and white motifs of cobalt patterns and luscious gold accents DeBoer’s casts become suspended somewhere in the past and present. He allows the viewer to become lost in memory as well as at the same time the extreme craft and finishes of his precise reproductions.

Brock DeBoer was born in South Dakota in 1985 and currently lives and works in Joshua Tree, CA. Recent exhibitions include “what we’ve got here is a failure to communicate”, 2018, Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, CA and “Knee High by the 5th of July”, 2022, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO.

Solo Exhibitions

2022 Knee High by the 5th of July, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO (details)

2018 sifting through the detritus, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO (details)

2017 Archival Nostalgia, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO (details)


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 what we’ve got here is a failure to communicate, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, Curated by BBQLA

2016 Knockout, Cerbera Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2016 Weed-Craft, Fahrenheit Gallery, Kansas City, MO, Curated by Dean Roper

2015 HOD Blaze, Belger Crane Yard Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2015 Lights, Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO

2014 Merge, Belger Crane Yard Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2014 Hot Shop, Sherry Leedy Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2014 The Beautiful Game, Three Points Club, Kansas City, MO

2013 Brock DeBoer, Jorge Calvo & David Grime, The Guild, Kansas City, MO, Curated by Skyler Bieberly

2013 OBJET boutique, Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO Curated by Dean Roper

2010 ART-TEST, Greenlease Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO, Curated by Sean Kelly

2009 Valentines Day Show, The Late Show Gallery, Kansas City, MO, Curated by Tom Deatherage



2017 Victor Solomon X Brock DeBoer, The Players Tribune, New York, NY

2017 Megaphone, Tech Week, Kansas City, MO

2017 Valentino, Mahari Yarid Designs for If You Know Concepts, Philadelphia, PA

2016 Champagne, Cava, Kansas City, MO

2014 Bento Box Dinnerware, Kauffman Performing Arts Center, Kansas City, MO

2014 5 Points, Kansas City, MO


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