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Bob Kessel’s Jumbo Balls
Aug 26th, 2010 by admin

Last year, Bob Kessel drew a picture of Jumbo Balls for the US Open Tennis Section in The New York Times. These giant sized tennis balls are a favorite among children. They are usually covered with autographs of their favorite tennis players.

Bob Kessel has been drawing illustrations for the New York Times tennis section for many years. Make sure to check out this year’s art which will be posted on Monday. Below are a selection of some Bob Kessel tennis illustrations from previous years.

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JUMBO BALLS by Bob kessel

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DECONSTRUCTING ROGER FEDERER by Bob Kessel

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TRIPPING UP ROGER FEDERER  by Bob Kessel

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TENNISLAND by Bob Kessel

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RODAPOVA by Bob Kessel

There were rumors that Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick were an item that year.

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JIMMY CONNORS by Bob Kessel

Who could forget his epic night match at the US Open?

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ANDRE AGASSI THEN AND NOW by Bob Kessel

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STEFFI GRAF by Bob Kessel

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TRACY AUSTIN vs CHRISSIE EVERT by Bob Kessel

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MARTINA NAVRATILOVA by Bob Kessel

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GIRLS WITH CURVES by Bob Kessel
Aug 24th, 2010 by admin

Bob Kessel doesn’t always draw with only straight lines. Sometimes he throws in a curve or two.

OVAL GIRLS is an art series of signed and numbered original fine art prints by Bob Kessel.

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OVAL GIRL RECLINING by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL WATER JUG by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL  PANTY by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL SHORTS by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL ROBE by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL  CRESCENT by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL HAIR by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL FISH GREEN by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL ARMS UP by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL MOON by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL 3 DOTS by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL BED BLUE by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL SUNSET by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL SLEEPY by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL FRUIT by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL CLOTH by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL FISH TANK by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL LEDA AND THE SWAN by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL 2 DOTS by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL VENUS by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL WADING by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL WATER by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL YIN YANG by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL WHITE LINE by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL LAMP by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL BROWN LINES by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL KIMONO by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL MOONS by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL PEARL by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL BRUSH by Bob Kessel

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OVAL GIRL HERA by Bob Kessel

WOODSCAPES by Bob Kessel
Aug 19th, 2010 by admin

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WOODSCAPE SUNSET by Bob Kessel


Bob Kessel has created a new art series titled, “WOODSCAPES” based on wood block prints. These pictures and many others are available as limited edition original fine art prints, signed and numbered by the artist. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

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WOODSCAPE WATERFALL VIEW by Bob Kessel

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WOODSCAPE  SKY by Bob Kessel

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WOODSCAPE SQUARE SAIL by Bob Kessel

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WOODSCAPE WATER by Bob Kessel

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WOODSCAPE WATERFALL by Bob Kessel

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WOODSCAPE SAILS by Bob Kessel

FAMOUS MYTHOLOGY PAINTINGS by Bob Kessel
Aug 4th, 2010 by admin

Bob Kessel has created an art series titled, “MYTHOLOGY”. It features pictures based on the works of famous artists throughout history like the picture “THE GOLDEN APPLE” originally by Peter Paul Rubens, shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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THE GOLDEN APPLE by Bob Kessel after Peter Paul Rubens

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It is recounted that Zeus held a banquet in celebration of the marriage of Peleus and Thetis (parents of Achilles). However, Eris, goddess of discord, was uninvited. Angered by this snub, Eris arrived at the celebration, where she threw a golden apple (the Apple of Discord) into the proceedings, upon which was the inscription καλλίστῃ “for the fairest one”.

Three goddesses claimed the apple: Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. They asked Zeus to judge which of them was fairest, and eventually Zeus, reluctant to favour any claim himself, declared that Paris, a Phrygian mortal, would judge their cases, for he had recently shown his exemplary fairness in a contest in which Ares in bull form had bested Paris’s own prize bull, and the shepherd-prince had unhesitatingly awarded the prize to the god.

Thus it happened that, with Hermes as their guide, all three of the candidates appeared to Paris on Mount Ida, in the climactic moment that is the crux of the tale. After bathing in the spring of Ida, each attempted with her powers to bribe Paris; Hera offered to make him king of Europe and Asia, Athena offered wisdom and skill in war, and Aphrodite, who had the Charites and the Horai to enhance her charms with flowers and song, offered the love of the world’s most beautiful woman. This was Helen of Sparta, wife of the Greek king Menelaus.

Paris accepted Aphrodite’s gift and awarded the apple to her, receiving Helen as well as the enmity of the Greeks and especially of Hera. The Greeks’ expedition to retrieve Helen from Paris in Troy is the mythological basis of the Trojan War.

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Bob Kessel signing his print LEDA AND THE  SWAN

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LEDA AND THE SWAN by Bob Kessel

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LEDA AND THE SWAN by Bob Kessel

In Greek mythology, Leda was daughter of the Aetolian king Thestius, and wife of the king Tyndareus, of Sparta. Her myth gave rise to the popular motif in Renaissance and later art of Leda and the Swan. She was the mother of Helen  of Troy, Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux.

Leda was admired by Zeus, who seduced her in the guise of a swan. As a swan, Zeus fell into her arms for protection from a pursuing eagle. Their consummation, on the same night as Leda lay with her husband Tyndareus, resulted in two eggs from which hatched Helen — later known as the beautiful “Helen of Troy” — Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux. Which children are the progeny of Tyndareus, the mortal king, and which are of Zeus, and are thus half-immortal, is not consistent among accounts, nor is which child hatched from which egg. The split is almost always half mortal, half divine, although the pairings do not always reflect the children’s heritage pairings. Castor and Polydeuces are sometimes both mortal, sometimes both divine. One consistent point is that if only one of them is immortal, it is Polydeuces.

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NARCISSUS by Bob Kessel

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ECHO by Bob Kessel

Narcissus or Narkissos (Greek: Νάρκισσος), possibly derived from ναρκη (narke) meaning “sleep, numbness,” in Greek mythology was a hero from the territory of Thespiae in Boeotia who was renowned for his beauty. In the various stories he is exceptionally cruel, in that he disdains those who love him. As divine punishment he falls in love with a reflection in a pool, not realizing it was his own, and perishes there, not being able to leave the beauty of his own reflection.

In the tale told by Ovid, thought to have been based on Parthenius’ version but altered in order to broaden its appeal, Echo, a nymph, falls in love with a vain youth named Narcissus, who was the son of the blue Nymph Liriope of Thespia. The river god Cephisus had once encircled Liriope with the windings of his streams, and thus trapping her, had seduced the nymph, who gave birth to an exceptionally beautiful boy. Concerned about the welfare of such a beautiful child, Lirope consulted the prophet Tiresias regarding her son’s future. Tiresias told the nymph that Narcissus would live to a ripe old age, “if he didn’t come to know himself.”

One day when Narcissus was out hunting stags, Echo stealthily followed the handsome youth through the woods, longing to address him but unable to speak first. When Narcissus finally heard footsteps and shouted “Who’s there?”, Echo answered “Who’s there?” And so it went, until finally Echo showed herself and rushed to embrace the lovely youth. He pulled away from the nymph and vainly told her to leave him alone. Narcissus left Echo heartbroken and she spent the rest of her life in lonely glens, pining away for the love she never knew, until only her voice remained.

Nemesis heard this prayer and sent Narcissus his punishment. He came across a deep pool in a forest, from which he took a drink. As he did, he saw his reflection for the first time in his life and fell in love with the beautiful boy he was looking at, not realizing it was himself. Eventually, after pining away for a while, he realized that the image he saw in the pool was a reflection of himself. Realizing that he could not act upon this love, he tore at his dress and beat at his body, his life force draining out of him. As he died, the bodyless Echo came upon him and felt sorrow and pity. His soul was sent to “the darkest hell” and the narcissus flower grew where he died. It is said that Narcissus still keeps gazing on his image in the waters of the river Styx.

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ECHO AND NARCISSUS ( side by side prints ) by Bob Kessel

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RAPE OF THE DAUGHTERS OF LEUCIPPUS by Bob Kessel after Peter Paul Rubens

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ODYSSEUS by Bob Kessel after Ingres

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THREE GRACES by Bob Kessel after Botticelli

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APHRODITE AND ADONIS by Bob Kessel after Vezellio Tiziano

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BACCHUS by Bob Kessel after Poussin

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ARTEMIS RESTING by Bob Kessel after Francois Bouchin

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VULCAN’S FORGE by Bob Kessel after Jan van Kessel

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NYMPHS by Bob Kessel after Bouguereau

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PROSERPINA by Bob Kessel after Bernini

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NYMPH AND SATYR by Bob Kessel apres Poussin

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