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ART SERIES by Bob Kessel

 

VAN GOGH by Bob Kessel

VAN GOGH is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings.

VAN GOGH: THE ROAD TO TARASCON by Bob Kessel

CUTOUTS by Bob Kessel

CUTOUTS is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Matisse’s paper cutouts.

CUTOUTS ZULMA by Bob Kessel

KAWAII by Bob Kessel

KAWAII is a new art series by Bob Kessel. KAWAII means CUTE in Japanese.

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KAWAII ROUND by Bob Kessel

SILVER SCREEN SIRENS by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel’s new art series titled SILVER SCREEN SIRENS are printed in silver inks.

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SILVER STARLET by Bob Kessel

THE NUDE by Bob Kessel

THE NUDE has been a staple of painters throughout history.
A new art series by Bob Kessel covers many variations on this popular theme.

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THE NUDE AT REST by Bob Kessel

VENEER VERMEER by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel has a new art series called, “VENEER VERMEER” .

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VENEER PEARL EARRING by Bob Kessel

MUSCLE BEACH by Bob Kessel

Bok Kessel has a new art series called MUSCLE BEACH based on body building ads in the back of comic books.

MUSCLE BEACH MICKEY MOUSE EARS by Bob Kessel

FUTURISMO by Bob Kessel

FUTURISMO is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on the Italian Futurism movement.

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FUTURE PAST by Bob Kessel

BLACK VELVET by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel’s new art series BLACK VELVET is based on black velvet paintings.

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BLACK VELVET ELVIS by Bob Kessel

UKIYOE by Bob Kessel

UKIYOE is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Japanese woodcut prints.

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UKIYOE TREE by Bob Kessel

TREESCAPES by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel has created a new art series called TREESCAPES based on the tropes used by painters throughout history when making landscapes.

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TREESCAPE MEZZO by Bob Kessel

AMERICAN ICONS by Bob Kessel

“SKINNY ELVIS, FAT LINES” depicts the days before the rhinestone studded suits and drug binges. Elvis Presley was called “Elvis the Pelvis” and in the days of black & white TV, he was not allowed to be shown below the waist. Bob Kessel’s American Icons art series also includes Marilyn Monroe, Muhammad Ali, Miles Davis, Charles Bukowski, Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley, John F Kennedy, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and many more.

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SKINNY ELVIS, FAT LINES by Bob Kessel

POP UNINTENTIONAL by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel art series based on comic book history. Comic characters portrayed in the Pop Unintentional art series are Captain America, Spiderman, Dr. Strange, Wonder Woman, Hulk, Black Panther, Galactus, Superman, DareDevil, Batman and many more.


GODHEAD by Bob Kessel

100 VIEWS by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel’s art series “100 VIEWS” is based on Japanese UKIYO-E woodblock prints.

Ukiyo-e (浮世絵), “pictures of the floating world”, is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints (or woodcuts) and paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, featuring motifs of landscapes, tales from history, the theatre, and pleasure quarters. It is the main artistic genre of woodblock printing in Japan.

FUJI FOG by Bob Kessel

MYTHOLOGY by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel art series based on famous mythology paintings throughout history.

NARCISSUS by Bob Kessel after Caravaggio

CEZANNE’S BATHERS by Bob Kessel

Bathers appear in the work of Cezanne in a series from about 1875. Until the end of his days, the painter did not cease reconsidering the topic. The characters multiply, new sources of inspiration are integrated, the composition becomes more and more complex. in all, Cezanne carried out seventy-four scenes of bathers in oil, watercolors or drawings.

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TROIS BAIGNEUSES by Bob Kessel after Paul Cézanne

BIJINGA by Bob Kessel

BIJINGA (美人画) is a generic term for pictures of beautiful women in Japanese art, especially in woodblock printing of the ukiyo-e genre, which predate photography. The term can also be used for modern media, provided they conform to a somewhat classic representation of a woman, usually depicted wearing a kimono.

BIJIN ATOMU by Bob Kessel

GOING FOR BAROQUE by Bob Kessel

A new art series by Bob Kessel based on paintings from the Baroque era. Baroque is the art movement of the Counter- Reformation in the 17th century. Although some features appear in Dutch art, the Baroque style was limited mainly to Catholic countries. A relevant part of works was made on religious themes, since the Church was the main customer.

The word BAROQUE derives probably from the ancient Portuguese noun “barroco” which is a pearl that is not round but of unpredictable and elaborate shape. Hence, in informal usage, the word baroque can simply mean that something is “elaborate”, with many details, without reference to the Baroque styles of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In modern usage, the term Baroque may still be used, usually pejoratively, to describe works of art, craft, or design that are thought to have excessive ornamentation or complexity.

PRODIGAL SON by Bob Kessel after Rembrandt

FUJI TWICE by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel has a new art series “FUJI TWICE”. Mount Fuji has been reduced to just one diagonal line. Talk about reduction!

If you don’t climb Mt Fuji once in your life, you are a fool.
If you climb it twice, you are a fool.
- Old Japanese Proverb

 

Print by Bob Kessel from the art series “FUJI TWICE”

PULP by Bob Kessel

The name “pulp” comes from the cheap wood pulp paper on which such magazines were printed. Magazines printed on better paper and usually offering family-oriented content were often called “glossies” or “slicks”. Pulps were the successor to the “penny dreadfuls”, “dime novels”, and short fiction magazines of the nineteenth century. Although many respected writers wrote for pulps, the magazines are perhaps best remembered for their lurid and exploitative stories, and for their similarly sensational cover art.

GUNSEL by Bob Kessel

ROMANTICISM by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel has a new art series “ROMANTICISM”. Romanticism, first defined as an aesthetic in literary criticism around 1800, gained momentum as an artistic movement in France and Britain in the early decades of the 19th century and flourished until mid-century. With its emphasis on the imagination and emotion, Romanticism emerged as a response to the disillusionment with the Enlightenment values of reason and order in the aftermath of the French Revolution of 1789.

FISHERMAN AND SIREN by Bob Kessel after Frederic Lord Leighton

SHUNGA by Bob Kessel

Shunga are literally “images of spring.” That is the time of recreation and procreation, the time that inspires man and woman to couple, as if anyone needed an excuse. Shunga appeared prominently in the works of Hokusai, Utamaro, and many other revered woodcut artists.

In the Japan of the 1800′s, the color woodcut print was the most popular artform of the day. The artists of the so-called floating world or ukiyo-e portrayed real life personages and situations as the subject matter for their wood block prints. Ukiyo-e artists created extraordinary portraits of Kabuki Actors, Geisha, Sumo Wrestlers, and other notables, as well as landscapes and architectural views of old Japan. The incredible artistic output of these highly skilled artists left us an accurate view of life in the Japan of yesteryear. There was however another aspect to the art of the ukiyo-e that few Westerners have heard of, that is the art of shunga, or… the Images of Spring.

SHUNGA RED KIMONO by Bob Kessel
from SHUNGA art series

ART HISTORY by Bob Kessel

“ART HISTORY” is an art series by Bob Kessel featuring pictures based on famous artist’s paintings throughout history.

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ON THE BEACH by Bob Kessel

CEZANNE’S FRUITS by Bob Kessel

On Bob Kessel’s new art series “FRUITS” is based on the fruit paintings of Paul Cézanne.

SIX ET CINQ FRUITS by Bob Kessel after Paul Cézanne

 

DIE BRUCKE by Bob Kessel

 
Bob Kessel has created a new art series titled, “Die Brücke” (The Bridge) based on German Expressionism.
 
 
Die Brücke (The Bridge) was a group of German expressionist artists formed in Dresden in 1905. Founding members were Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Later members were Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein and Otto Mueller. The group was one of the seminal ones, which in due course had a major impact on the evolution of modern art in the 20th century and created the style of Expressionism.

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ZWEI NACKTEN FRAUEN by Bob Kessel

BEACH GIRLS by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel’s art series “BEACH GIRLS” features pictures based on sunbathing at the beach.

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TOPLESS GIRL by Bob Kessel from Beach Girls art series

BIBLE PAINTINGS by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel art series based on famous bible paintings throughout history.

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DANIEL IN THE LIONS DEN by Bob Kessel after Peter Paul Rubens

KLIMT VERKLEMPT by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel art series based on the paintings of Gustav Klimt.

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KLIMTOMANIAC by Bob Kessel
after Gustav Klimt

MONET’S HAYSTACKS by Bob Kessel

MONET’S HAYSTACKS” art series by Bob Kessel is based on the paintings of Claude Monet.

MONET’S HAYSTACKS ORANGE by Bob Kessel

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NEWPORT NAUTICALS by Bob Kessel

NEWPORT NAUTICALS is a new art series by Bob Kessel.

MARINA by Bob Kessel from Newport Nauticals art series

LEMONS by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel has a new art series “LEMONS” based on lemons in still lifes.

Whom ever the artist, whatever the subject matter, in 16th century Flemish still life paintings, the one constant is a peeled lemon in each picture. We can only guess as to why they felt it was necessary to have this in every picture. Was it a vehicle to show off bravura painting technique, or is there another meaning associated with the lemon?

“When life gives you lemons, make lemon still lifes.” -Bob Kessel

LEMON COIL by Bob Kessel

HORSING AROUND by Bob Kessel

HORSES is a new art series by Bob Kessel.

HORSES by Bob Kessel

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THE MINOTAUR by Bob Kessel

The Minotaur is the compilation of the unconscious desires of man and the conscious societal constraints that the individual puts on him or herself, thus Picasso’s portrayal of the Minotaur goes beyond the simple myth to comment on the labyrinth of the human condition.

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MINOTAUR REDEYE by Bob Kessel

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BON BONNARD by Bob Kessel

Pierre Bonnard was a member of the Nabis (Hebrew for “prophets”), a Parisian Post-Impressionist group whose aesthetic influences included Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and whose goals called for a greater connection between art and everyday life through a synthesis of fine art and ordinary subjects. The democratic nature of printmaking was therefore ideally suited to Bonnard, as the multiple impressions of a print could be experienced by a relatively broad audience. Additionally, he benefited from technical innovations in color lithography, his primary print medium, which had led to renewed interest in printmaking in the 1890s.

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BONNARD GIRL WITH TOWEL by Bob Kessel

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CHINESE PHILOSOPHERS by Bob Kessel

To experience without abstraction is to sense the world; To experience with abstraction is to know the world. These two experiences are indistinguishable; Their construction differs but their effect is the same. Beyond the gate of experience flows the Way, Which is ever greater and more subtle than the world.

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CONFUCIUS print by Bob Kessel

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GA GA FOR DEGAS by Bob Kessel

Edgar Degas,  1834-1917, was a French artist, acknowledged as the master of drawing the human figure in motion. Degas worked in many mediums, preferring pastel to all others. He is perhaps best known for his paintings, drawings, and bronzes of ballerinas and of race horses.

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ORANGE BATHER ALA DEGAS by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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