Contemporary American artist Bob Kessel works in art series.
Here is a single sample from each series:
LIFE’S A BEACH by Bob Kessel
LIFE’S A BEACH is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on the beach ‘natch.
LIFE’S A BEACH: SUNHAT by Bob Kessel
DOTS ENTERTAINMENT! by Bob Kessel
DOTS ENTERTAINMENT! is a new art series by Bob Kessel.
DOTS ENTERTAINMENT!: BERRIES by Bob Kessel
COTE d’AZUR by Bob Kessel
COTE d’AZUR is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on the southern coast of France.
COTE d’AZUR: AGAY by Bob Kessel
ETRETAT by Bob Kessel
ETRETAT is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on the cliffs on the north-west coast of Normandie.
ETRETAT: CLIFFS by Bob Kessel
ARTIST MODELS by Bob Kessel
ARTIST MODELS is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on women posing in the artist’s studio.
ARTIST MODELS: ARTWORKS by Bob Kessel
SOCIÉTÉ ANONYME by Bob Kessel
SOCIÉTÉ ANONYME is a new art series by Bob Kessel. In 1873, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Cézanne, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas and several other artists founded the Société Anonyme.
SOCIÉTÉ ANONYME: COTE DE GROUETTES by Bob Kessel
SELF-PORTRAITS by Bob Kessel
SELF-PORTRAITS is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on depictions of the artist.
SELF-PORTRAITS: DIVIDED by Bob Kessel
GRAND TOUR by Bob Kessel
GRAND TOUR is a new art series by Bob Kessel. The Grand Tour was the traditional trip of European aristocracy in the 1600 to late 1800’s.
GRAND TOUR: DUCAL PALACE VENICE by Bob Kessel
INTERIORS by Bob Kessel
INTERIORS is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on picture inside the home.
INTERIORS: iMAC by Bob Kessel
ALL THAT JAZZ by Bob Kessel
ALL THAT JAZZ is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on famous Jazz musicians.
ALL THAT JAZZ: KIND OF BLUE TRIANGLES (Miles Davis) 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.
AMERICAN ICONS: ELVIS (SKINNY ELVIS, FAT LINES) by Bob Kessel
“ART HISTORY” is an art series by Bob Kessel featuring pictures based on famous artist’s paintings throughout history.
ART HISTORY: ON THE BEACH by Bob Kessel apres Manet
ALPS by Bob Kessel
ALPS is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on mountain landscapes.
ALPS: ROAD by Bob Kessel
ANIME by Bob Kessel
ANIME is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Japanese animation.
ANIME: THIRD EYE by Bob Kessel
APRES LE BAIN by Bob Kessel
APRES LE BAIN is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on women in the bath.
APRES LE BAIN: TOWEL FRONT by Bob Kessel
ARTWORKS ASSEMBLE! by Bob Kessel
ARTWORKS ASSEMBLE! is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on comic book characters.
ARTWORKS ASSEMBLE!: GOSSIP by Bob Kessel
BALLET by Bob Kessel
BALLET is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on ballerinas dancing.
BALLET: FONDU ROSE by Bob Kessel
BASIC BLACK by Bob Kessel
BASIC BLACK is a new art series by Bob Kessel are one color (black) only and the white of the paper.
BASIC BLACK: MOONRISE 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.
BIJINGA: LONG HAIR by Bob Kessel
BLUE PERIOD by Bob Kessel
BLUE PERIOD is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Picasso’s blue period.
BLUE PERIOD: BLUE GUITAR by Bob Kessel
BULL by Bob Kessel
BULL is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on depictions of the bull in art.
BULL: MIRROR 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.
CEZANNE’S BATHERS: BAIGNEUSES by Bob Kessel after Paul Cézanne
CHIAROSCURO by Bob Kessel
CHIAROSCURO is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on light falling on figures.
CHIAROSCURO: SIDEBOOB by Bob Kessel
CITYSCAPES by Bob Kessel
CITYSCAPES is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on urban landscapes.
CITYSCAPES: SKYLINE by Bob Kessel
JAPONISME by Bob Kessel
JAPONISME is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on the French 1800’s art movement.
JAPONISME: PRINT by Bob Kessel
REMBRANDT by Bob Kessel
REMBRANDT is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on the famous Dutch painter.
REMBRANDT: SASKIA by Bob Kessel
THE KISS by Bob Kessel
THE KISS is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on couples kissing.
THE KISS: CINEMA by Bob Kessel
BOB’S GOT WOOD by Bob Kessel
BOB’S GOT WOOD is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on pictures made from wood.
BOB’S GOT WOOD: INDIAN by Bob Kessel
NUE COUCHÉE by Bob Kessel
NUE COUCHÉE is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on depictions of a nude on a couch.
NUE COUCHÉE: ANGLED by Bob Kessel
BADENDE FRAUEN by Bob Kessel
BADENDE FRAUEN is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on depictions of women bathers.
BADENDE FRAUEN: AM MEER by Bob Kessel
BY THE SEASHORE by Bob Kessel
BY THE SEASHORE is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on nautical themes.
BY THE SEASHORE: MORE MASTS by Bob Kessel
CENTRAL PARK by Bob Kessel
CENTRAL PARK is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Manhattan’s famous park.
CENTRAL PARK: RESERVOIR by Bob Kessel
CONTEMPLATION by Bob Kessel
CONTEMPLATION is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Chinese watercolor paintings.
CONTEMPLATION: HILLS by Bob Kessel
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
MASTERS by Bob Kessel
MASTERS is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on famous artists throughout history.
MASTERS: DALI by Bob Kessel
SOUTHWEST by Bob Kessel
SOUTHWEST is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on southwest United States landscapes.
SOUTHWEST: PINK MESA by Bob Kessel
TAHITI by Bob Kessel
TAHITI is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Gauguin’s south pacific paintings.
TAHITI: FOREST POND by Bob Kessel
WOOD NYMPHS by Bob Kessel
WOOD NYMPHS is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Naiads and Dryads.
WOOD NYMPHS: HYLAS by Bob Kessel
DANCERS by Bob Kessel
DANCERS is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on middle-eastern dancers.
DANCERS: VEILS by Bob Kessel
DIVISIONISM by Bob Kessel
DIVISIONISM is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on the famous school of art.
DIVISIONISM: GULF by Bob Kessel
BARBIZON by Bob Kessel
BARBIZON is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on the French school of painting.
BARBIZON: SOWER by Bob Kessel
FLOWERS by Bob Kessel
FLOWERS is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on floral still life paintings.
FLOWERS: WHITE FLOWERS by Bob Kessel
IGNUDI by Bob Kessel
IGNUDI is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Michelangelo’s nude figure drawings.
IGNUDI: TORSO by Bob Kessel
HARLEQUINS by Bob Kessel
HARLEQUINS is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on the much depicted allegorical figure.
HARLEQUINS: ABSINTHE by Bob Kessel
POOL by Bob Kessel
POOL is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on outdoor summer recreation.
POOL: DIVE by Bob Kessel
SUPER ART by Bob Kessel
SUPER ART is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Superman.
SUPER ART: IN BRIEF by Bob Kessel
ROMANCE by Bob Kessel
ROMANCE is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on women’s love story book covers and comics.
ROMANCE: ETERNALLY by Bob Kessel
ODALISQUES by Bob Kessel
ODALISQUES is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on depictions of the harem.
ODALISQUES: BACK VIEW by Bob Kessel
PLEIN AIR by Bob Kessel
PLEIN AIR is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on painting drawn outdoors from nature.
PLEIN AIR: DAWN TREE by Bob Kessel
PICASSO IN PARIS by Bob Kessel
PICASSO IN PARIS is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Picasso’s early years in Paris.
PICASSO IN PARIS: REPAS FRUGAL by Bob Kessel
RETRO FUTURE by Bob Kessel
RETRO FUTURE is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on retro style depictions of the future.
RETRO FUTURE: CAPTAIN FUTURE by Bob Kessel
GIVERNY by Bob Kessel
GIVERNY is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Monet’s home.
GIVERNY: RED BRIDGE by Bob Kessel
READING by Bob Kessel
READING is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on pictures of people reading books.
READING: MADCHEN by Bob Kessel
KAIJU by Bob Kessel
KAIJU is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Japanese monsters.
KAIJU: DECO GHIDRAH by Bob Kessel
GIRLY MAGS by Bob Kessel
GIRLY MAGS is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on old black and white men’s magazines.
GIRLY MAGS: CROUCH 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.
KAWAII: ROUND by Bob Kessel
SILVER SCREEN SIRENS by Bob Kessel
Bob Kessel’s new art series titled SILVER SCREEN SIRENS are printed in metallic silver inks.
SILVER SCREEN SIRENS: 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.
THE NUDE: AT REST by Bob Kessel
VENEER VERMEER by Bob Kessel
Bob Kessel has a new art series called, “VENEER VERMEER” .
VENEER VERMEER: 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.
FUTURISM: FUTURE PAST by Bob Kessel
BLACK VELVET by Bob Kessel
Bob Kessel’s new art series BLACK VELVET is based on black velvet paintings.
BLACK VELVET: ELVIS by Bob Kessel
UKIYOE by Bob Kessel
UKIYOE 浮世絵 is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Japanese woodcut prints.
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.
TREESCAPES: MEZZO 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.
POP UNINTENTIONAL: GODHEAD by Bob Kessel
Bob Kessel’s art series “100 VIEWS” is based on Japanese UKIYO-E woodblock prints specifically named after a series by Hokusai.
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.
100 VIEWS: FUJI FOG by Bob Kessel
Bob Kessel art series based on famous mythology paintings throughout history.
MYTHOLOGY: NARCISSUS 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.
BAROQUE: PRODIGAL SON by Bob Kessel after Rembrandt
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”
WOODSCAPES by Bob Kessel
Bob Kessel has created a new art series called WOODSCAPES.
WOODSCAPES: SUNSET 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.
PULP: GUNSEL 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.
ROMANTICISM: FISHERMAN AND SIREN by Bob Kessel after Frederic Lord Leighton
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
On Bob Kessel’s new art series “FRUITS” is based on the fruit paintings of Paul Cézanne.
CEZANNE’S FRUITS: SIX ET CINQ FRUITS by Bob Kessel after Paul Cézanne
GOING FOR BRUCKE by Bob KesselBob Kessel has created a new art series titled, “Going for 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.
BRUCKE: ZWEI NACKTEN FRAUEN by Bob Kessel
Bob Kessel art series based on famous bible paintings throughout history.
BIBLE PAINTINGS: DANIEL IN THE LIONS DEN by Bob Kessel after Peter Paul Rubens
Bob Kessel art series based on the paintings of Gustav Klimt.
KLIMT VERKLEMPT: GOLDFISH by Bob Kessel
NEWPORT NAUTICALS by Bob Kessel
NEWPORT NAUTICALS is a new art series by Bob Kessel.
NEWPORT NAUTICALS: MARINA by Bob Kessel
HORSES is a new art series by Bob Kessel.
HORSING AROUND: DREI BLAUE PFERDE by Bob Kessel
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.
MINOTAUR: REDEYE by Bob Kessel
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.
BONNARD: GIRL IN THE TUB by Bob Kessel
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.
CHINESE PHILOSOPHERS: CONFUCIUS print 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.
GA GA FOR DEGAS: ORANGE BATHER by Bob Kessel apres Degas
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.”
LEMONS: LEMON RIND by Bob Kessel
WEIBLICHER AKT by Bob Kessel
WEIBLICHER AKT is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on depictions of the female nude.
WEIBLICHER AKT: GRUEN STRUMPFEN by Bob Kessel
HIGH & LOW by Bob Kessel
HIGH & LOW is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on high & low art forms.
HIGH & LOW: DOGS PLAYING POKER by Bob Kessel
MENKO by Bob Kessel
MENKO is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on Japanese children’s game cards.
MENKO: SCI FI by Bob Kessel
ART OVER DECOR by Bob Kessel
ART OVER DECOR is a new art series by Bob Kessel based on depictions of art in the home.
ART OVER DECOR: WHITE CHAIR by Bob Kessel
HENTAI by Bob Kessel
Bob Kessel has created a new art series called HENTAI (変態) which is a subgenre of the Japanese genres of manga and anime, characterized by overtly sexualized characters..
HENTAI: GIRLS RUB by Bob Kessel
WATERFALLS by Bob Kessel
Bob Kessel has created a new art series called WATERFALLS.
WATERFALLS: HOKUSAI by Bob Kessel
LIGHTPLAY by Bob Kessel
Bob Kessel has created a new art series called LIGHTPLAY.
LIGHTPLAY: DOORWAY by Bob Kessel
BELLE EPOQUE by Bob Kessel
BELLE EPOQUE is a new art series by Bob Kessel.
BELLE EPOQUE: BOAT by Bob Kessel
LIEGENDER by Bob Kessel
LIEGENDER is a new art series by Bob Kessel.
LIEGENDER: GREEN PILLOW by Bob Kessel
RECONSTRUCTING ROY by Bob Kessel
RECONSTRUCTING ROY is a new art series by Bob Kessel.
RECONSTRUCTING ROY: FUGHETABOUTIT! by Bob Kessel
GRAYSCAPES by Bob Kessel
GRAYSCAPES is a new art series by Bob Kessel.
GRAYSCAPES: MT & FOG by Bob Kessel
PUNCH! by Bob Kessel
PUNCH! is a new art series by Bob Kessel.
PUNCH!: WALLOP! by Bob Kessel
SERAGLIO by Bob Kessel
SERAGLIO is a new art series by Bob Kessel.
SERAGLIO: NOIR ET ROUGE by Bob Kessel
LOVERS by Bob Kessel
LOVERS is a new art series by Bob Kessel.
LOVERS: ENTWINED by Bob Kessel
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