A one-time professional golfer creates works that seem to pour from a well inside of pure innocence. With raw scrap wood as his canvas,
painting dense and layered imaginative scenes of alligators, big cats,
people and houses.
Rick Borg paints on found wood, his paintings comprised of many thick layers of house paint, oil, and enamel. Some of his paintings are
two-sided and his credulous scenes range from men riding alligators,
to bears and lions. His pieces incorporate artifact found around
Columbus such as an old broom as a horse head.
Rick was born in and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He began to draw and
paint as a kid and into high school until he found another passion;
golf. He went to Ohio State to pursue his interest in golf, where he
had to choose a major, art being the obvious course. Completing four
years of school, Rick went on to join the PGA Tour. After he returned
to Columbus, where he enrolled in the Masters program ''because they
gave me a place to paint''.
Howard Chenfeld is one of Rick Borg's collectors notes, ''Rick's
favorite artists are Van Gogh and Hawkins. For direct-ness, intensity.
But he is his own man. Truly original. I love the pachyderms,
crocodiles, circuses, clowns, Martians, purple bullfighters. When he
is at his best; no one is better.
''He's unassuming and honest. Without affectation. Instead of
destroying his mistakes, he sells them as bargains! He has a direct
and superior way of seeing. With a child's spirit. Yes that's right,
like Blake's ''Songs of Innocence.'' He's just marvelous.''