This small painting, Little Red Books sums up the artist’s intentions. Bob explains that he feels people are attracted by the vitality of paintings. Patterns of light and colour are what he loves to paint, revelling in how the sun ‘reorders the world throughout the day, and gives different images, depending upon where the light and shadows fall’.
Jewel-like, this painting of book sellers’ stalls, possibly in France but certainly abroad, depicts the atmospheric way the sunshine penetrates the trees, dappling the ground. There is a strong sense of recession and depth, but above all Bob has expressed, in light, quick brushstrokes of paint, the scintillating brightness of the items, mainly books, for sale.
Born in 1936, Robert studied at Croydon College of art and at 19 exhibited in the RA. He is a lifelong member of the New English Art Club where he was assistant keeper. Bob has travelled extensively for his art. Technically, he likes to paint in situ, taking a Pochade box (a small travelling box of paints that facilitates en plein air painting), working up the images in a studio later. He has exhibited and sold extensively both here and abroad.
Dimensions (approximate): Image: H:24cm, W:29cm, Framed: H:37cm, W:42cm, D:3cm
Oil on board
Moulded and cream painted wooden frame, outer edge bamboo effect moulding in gold with gum arabic
Handwritten letter of invoice from artist to original purchaser, dated 12.1.99
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