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George Boorujy, 2022.
Photo by Dwight Cassin

George Boorujy, 2022.
Photo by Dwight Cassin

Known for large-scale ink on paper renderings, Brooklyn-based artist George Boorujy (b. 1973) documents constructed, endangered, or extinct animals and their ecosystems. Using surreal compositions and distortions of viewpoint, his bold imagery suggests the inescapable influence of human life on the natural world. Meticulously rendered, anatomically exact, and strikingly life-like, Boorujy’s portraits of North American wildlife build upon longstanding naturalist traditions encouraging a relationship between the viewer and subject. Boorujy attended the University of Miami intending to study marine biology and fine art. After traveling North America, he obtained his MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY in 2002. His conceptual project The New York Pelagic Project has circulated his drawings across the Atlantic and has garnered considerable critical attention. He has had solo shows at P·P·O·W, New York, NY; the Baker Museum, Naples, FL; and the Newhouse Center Of Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY. He is a member of the fine arts faculty at the School of Visual Arts. He has created work for the Wildlife Conservation Society, the New York Parks Department, the Audubon Mural Project, the Labrea Tar Pits, and for over a decade illustrated the Birdwatch column for the Guardian UK. 

GEORGE BOORUJY

b. 1973, New Providence, NJ
Lives and works in Brooklyn

EDUCATION 

2002    
MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

1996    
BFA, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2014    
Passenger, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
George Boorujy: Taxonomy, The Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, New York, NY

2012    
Bloody Memory, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2009    
Migratory Drift, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2007   
The Nature of Civilization, Newhouse Gallery, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY

2005    
Lost World, AG Gallery Brooklyn, NY

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2020    
Messenger, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2016    
Twenty Sixteen in 2016, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
The Conference of the Birds, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, New York, NY

2015    
Post Human Utopia, The Lodge Gallery, New York, NY

2014    
Exploring America: Western, Wildlife and Contemporary Art from the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the Stonehollow Collection, The Baker Museum, Naples, FL}
Mating Season, The Lodge Gallery, New York, NY
EF2 (Epic Fail: Second Edition), The Active Space, Brooklyn, NY

2013    
It’s the End of the World as We Know it (and I Feel Fine), Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ
The Pond, the Mirror, the Kaleidoscope, SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY

2012    
Falling Through Space Drawn by the Line, UB Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
EarthWORKS: Ten Artists on Land and Industry, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2011    
Beyond the Horizon, Deutsche Bank, New York, NY
Seaworthy: An Exhibition, Workshops, & Excursions, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

2010    
Animal Instinct: Allegory, Allusion, and Anthropomorphism, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Cityscape: Surveying the Urban Biotope, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

2008    
Golden Record, Fringe Festival Edinburgh, Scotland
Gangbusters, Plane Space, New York, NY
Warm, Red, Salt and Wet, 31, Grand New York, NY
The Dog Came Out of the Woods, StoneFox Art Space, New York, NY

2007    
From Our Living Room to Yours, Goff and Rosenthal Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2005    
Post Everything, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Animal Tales, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
Greater Brooklyn, CRG Gallery, New York, NY
Fifteen Paces, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
Remastered, Diesel Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004    
Look Closer, AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2003    
Road Show, George Adams Gallery, New York, NY
War Culture, Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY

2002    
Thesis Exhibition, Tribeca Arts Club, New York, NY
Reactions, Exit Art, New York, NY
The Hand Print, SVA Gallery, New York, NY

2001    
The Turning Page, American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York, NY

SELECT PUBLIC COLLECTIONS 

The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles, CA
New York Historical Society, New York, NY
National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States, Jackson Hole, WY
William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, Mt. Kisco, NY

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY 

2013    
The Pond, the Mirror, the Kaleidoscope (catalog) curated by Thomas Woodruff for the SVA Chelsea Gallery.

2012    
Wyma, Chloe. Daily Pick, Artinfo, March 14, 2012.
Keim, Brandon. Postnatural: Intense Animal Art for the 21st Century, WIRED, March 21, 2012.
Biblioklept, Interview, March 15, 2012.
Stanley, Caroline. “Stunning Ink Paintings of Wild Animals,” Flavorwire, March 13, 2012.
Pollack, Barbara. “Reviews, George Boorujy,” ArtNews, June 2012.
“Daily Pick: George Boorujy’s ‘Blood memory’ Opens,” Blouin Artinfo, March 14, 2012.

2011    
Kuan, Debora. Charismatic Megafauna: Interview with George Boorujy IDIOM, April 21, 2011.
Schultz, Charles. “Sea Worthy,” The Brooklyn Rail. June 10-July 29, 2011. http://www.brooklynrail.org/2011/07/artseen/sea-worthy.
Keim, Brandon. “Disturbing or Beautiful? Artists Evaluate Man’s Impact on Nature,” Wired. August 10, 2011. http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/08/beyond-the-horizon/?pid=1772&viewall=true.
Interview with George Boorujy. Veine Magazine. September 2011. pp. 73-78. http://issuu.com/veinemagazine/docs/num_ro_2.
“Artists to Watch: Exploring the Primal with Paper and Ink,” American Artist, Jan 2011.

2010    
“Art Listings,” Time Out New York. June 17-23, 2010.

2009    
Nelson, Joe Heaps. “George Boorujy Interview,” Whitehot Magazine. August 2009.
NY Arts Magazine, Voices, Nov/Dec 2007. p.12.
PaintersNYC, http://painternyc.blogspot.com/2007/06/george-boorujy.html
George Boorujy, The Nature of Civilization (catalogue).
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art 2007.
Bat City Review Summer 2007. Austin, TX.
Remastered Die Gestalten Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin 2006.
Dirtpress Featured Artist Issue 2.2, September 2005.
Harper’s Magazine Readings August 2005. p. 18.
The New York Times, “Art in Review,” July 8, 2005.
The New Yorker Short List, July 4, 2005. p. 21.
The Brooklyn Rail, July 2005.
Anthem Magazine June 2005. p.57.

2005    
Smith, Roberta. “Art in Review,” The New York Times, July 8, 2005.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
George Boorujy Jupiter, 2019

George Boorujy
Jupiter, 2019
ink on paper
40 x 45 ins.
101.6 x 114.3 cm

George Boorujy Anhinga, 2017

George Boorujy
Anhinga, 2017
ink on paper
55 1/4 x 40 ins.
140.3 x 101.6 cm

George Boorujy Heath Hen, 2014

George Boorujy
Heath Hen, 2014
ink on paper
42 3/8 x 54 3/8 ins.
107.63 x 138.11 cm

George Boorujy Bluebird, 2009

George Boorujy
Bluebird, 2009
ink on paper
38 x 50 ins.
96.52 x 127 cm

George Boorujy Chira-Mante-Kamui, 2009

George Boorujy
Chira-Mante-Kamui, 2009
ink on paper
55 1/2 x 84 ins.
140.97 x 213.36 cm

George Boorujy Ram, 2010

George Boorujy
Ram, 2010
ink on paper
38 x 50 ins.
96.52 x 127 cm

George Boorujy Jupiter, 2019

George Boorujy
Jupiter, 2019
ink on paper
40 x 45 ins.
101.6 x 114.3 cm

George Boorujy Anhinga, 2017

George Boorujy
Anhinga, 2017
ink on paper
55 1/4 x 40 ins.
140.3 x 101.6 cm

George Boorujy Heath Hen, 2014

George Boorujy
Heath Hen, 2014
ink on paper
42 3/8 x 54 3/8 ins.
107.63 x 138.11 cm

George Boorujy Bluebird, 2009

George Boorujy
Bluebird, 2009
ink on paper
38 x 50 ins.
96.52 x 127 cm

George Boorujy Chira-Mante-Kamui, 2009

George Boorujy
Chira-Mante-Kamui, 2009
ink on paper
55 1/2 x 84 ins.
140.97 x 213.36 cm

George Boorujy Ram, 2010

George Boorujy
Ram, 2010
ink on paper
38 x 50 ins.
96.52 x 127 cm