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ARTWORKS ASSEMBLE! A superhero inspired art series by Bob Kessel
Feb 24th, 2013 by admin


BOB KESSEL ART SHOW AT
MoCCA (the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art)
SoHo, New York City

 THURSDAY MAY 17, 2012

Drinks provided by Milano Green Vodka.

 


A big crowd turned out for Bob Kessel art show at MoCCA NYC


guests enjoying Bob Kessel art show at MoCCA NYC

pictured “SUPER SAVING” by Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC
picture of “Gossip” by Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC

Free Bob Kessel posters and art light boxes for the guests.

guests received free Bob Kessel posters and light boxes at MoCCA NYC

guest showing their free Bob Kessel posters at MoCCA NYC

pictured “Eightman” by Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC

guest with Bob Kessel poster “Pulp” at MoCCA NYC

 

guest with Bob Kessel poster “Osaka it to me” at MoCCA NYC

 

guest with Bob Kessel poster “Kawaii” at MoCCA NYC

 

guest with free Bob Kessel light box at MoCCA NYC

 

 

pictured Bob Kessel print “Super Square” at MoCCA NYC

 

Milano Green Vodka made all the Bob Kessel art look better

Milano Green Vodka served

 

Milano Green Vodka Bottle

 

drinks for Bob Kessel Art Show supplied by Milano Green

 

Bob Kessel greeting guests at MoCCA Art Show

 

pictured Bob Kessel print “Darknight” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel print “Reverse Flash” and “Godhead” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel print “Supernacular” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel aluminum print “Action 1″ at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel print “Super Square” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel print “Mjolnir” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel print “My Hero” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel print “Cosmic” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel print “Mean and Green” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel print “Winghead” at MoCCA NYC

 

guests enjoying Milano Green Vodka at Bob Kessel Art Show at MoCCA

 

pictured Bob Kessel print “Les Fauves” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel prints “Godhead” and “Mjolnir” at MoCCA NYC

 

Kay Kessel speaking to guests at Bob Kessel art show at MoCCA NYC

 

 

guest in front of Bob Kessel print “Mjolnir” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel print “Big Chin” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel art “Supernacular” and “Darknight” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel art “Gossip” and “Les Fauves” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel print “Supernacular” at MoCCA NYC

 

Silke, Kay, Yoshiko at Bob Kessel art show at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel print “Godhead” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel art “Reverse Flash” and “Godhead” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel prints “Eightman” and “Osaka it to me” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel art “Gossip”, “Eightman” and “Osaka it to me” at MoCCA NYC

guests enjoying Bob Kessel artworks at MoCCA NYC

guest with Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC

 

Bob Kessel signing posters at MoCCA NYC

 

Bob Kessel with guest at MoCCA NYC

 

Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC

 

 

 

pictured Bob Kessel art “My Hero”

 

guests enjoying Bob Kessel art show at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel art “Les Fauves” at MoCCA NYC

 

guests in front of Bob Kessel art “Cosmic” at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured Bob Kessel art “Darknight” at MoCCA NYC

 

A big crowd turned out for Bob Kessel art show at MoCCA NYC

 

pictured “SUPER SAVING” by Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC

 

picture of “Gossip” by Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC

 

 

picture of “Cosmic” by Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC

pictured “Flash”, “Godhead”, “Mjolnir”, “Mean and Green” by Bob Kessel at MoCCA NYC

 

“ARTWORKS ASSEMBLE!” art show by Bob Kessel at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art,  New York City on  May 17, 2012 at 6 pm

MoCCA (the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) 594 Broadway, Suite 401 (btwn. Houston and Prince) New York, NY 10012, presents an exhibition of artworks by Bob Kessel. The show on May 17, 2012 at 6 pm is titled “ARTWORKS ASSEMBLE!” and features art inspired by comicbook super-heroes like Thor, Ironman, Captain America, Hulk, Batman, Superman, Spiderman and many more.

 

 

 

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The show primarily consists of prints on paper roughly 3 by 3 feet square, or should I say in many cases, diamond shaped. The art, much like comicbooks, is made out of black lines, in this case, straight lines, some razor thin, some massively thick, surrounding primary colors of red, blue and yellow. To describe Bob Kessel’s art in simple terms, his work is… simple.

 

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace;
making the complicated simple,
awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

- CHARLES MINGUS

 

This remark provides a clue to an aspect of Bob Kessel’s work that his apparent iconoclasm and irreverence have tended to conceal. He has remained in an important way a classical artist. Along with the images of superheroes there is an abiding commitment to composition. The language of form is what guides him to what lies behind his trivialized subjects, whether they come from pop culture or the history of art. Like all great artists, he uses  what is around him for inspiration, commentary, and, in Kessel’s case, a healthy amount of deconstructionist verve and wit. Like a jazz player, he takes a familiar tune and then uses that as a takeoff point to do his own original riffs on the theme.

Bob Kessel, born and raised in New York City, says about the show, “Historically, artists have always painted mythological figures, Hercules, Venus, Apollo. Superheroes represent the new modern myths, so it stands to reason that they should be the subject of our modern art.”

Those familiar with Bob Kessel’s artwork know that he works in series. Many are based on his extensive knowledge of art history with takeoffs on Picasso’s Minotaurs, Matisse’s Odalisques, or Cezanne’s Bathers. He mixes together different art styles to produce unexpected hybrids. Like Japanese Kaiju (monsters) with Italian Futurism, or Hello Kitty with Edvard Munch.

Now Bob Kessel has created a new art series where he turns his Fine Art sensibilities on the world of Comics. He describes this show as, “The Comicbook World meets the Fine Art World.” Neither one will be the same again.

 

ACTION #1 by Bob Kessel
Baked enamel paint and embossing on aluminum

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HANGIN’ AROUND by Bob Kessel

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WINGHEAD by Bob Kessel

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MJOLNIR by Bob Kessel

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IRONMEN by Bob Kessel

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MEAN AND GREEN by Bob Kessel

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DARKNIGHT by Bob Kessel

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SUPERNACULAR by Bob Kessel

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REVERSE FLASH by Bob Kessel

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GODHEAD by Bob Kessel

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LES FAUVES by Bob Kessel

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SUPER SAVING by Bob Kessel

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SUPER SIZE ME by Bob Kessel

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BIG CHIN CHIN by Bob Kessel

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SUPER SQUARE by Bob Kessel

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SUPER BOOGIE WOOGIE by Bob Kessel

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COSMIC by Bob Kessel

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SWINGER by Bob Kessel

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OSAKA IT TO ME by Bob Kessel

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8thMAN by Bob Kessel

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GOSSIP by Bob Kessel

 

POP UNINTENTIONAL by Bob Kessel
Apr 24th, 2010 by admin

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HENRI MATISSE PAPERCUTS + STEVE DITKO SPIDERMAN + BOB KESSEL =

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DITKO PAPERCUTS by Bob Kessel

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Bob Kessel paintings “BIG CHIN” and “HEAT VISION”

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CAP by Bob Kessel

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GOSSIP by Bob Kessel

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PANTHER by Bob Kessel

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TINGLE (EUCLIDEAN GEOMETRY) by Bob Kessel

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WITHOUT FEAR by Bob Kessel

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COSMIC CRACKLE by Bob Kessel

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STRANGE by Bob Kessel

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THE ALL SEEING EYE by Bob Kessel

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MONDRIANMAN by Bob Kessel

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INVISIBLE PLANE by Bob Kessel

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ATOMIC CIGARETTE by Bob Kessel

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SPEED by Bob Kessel

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URUTORA by Bob Kessel

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BIG FIST by Bob Kessel

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PUNCH by Bob Kessel

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HANGIN’ AROUND by Bob Kessel

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BIG CHIN CHIN by Bob Kessel

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COWL SCOWL by Bob Kessel

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Bob Kessel’s art series “POP UNINTENTIONAL” features pictures based on comic book characters. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition original fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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.

GOSSIP by Bob Kessel
Jun 13th, 2009 by admin

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GOSSIP by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel’s art series “POP UNINTENTIONAL” features pictures based on comic book characters like in the picture “GOSSIP” shown above which is a take-off on a Norman Rockwell illustration of the same name.  The characters are in order from top to bottom; Cyclops, Ironman, Captain America, Human Torch, Thor, Silver Surfer, DareDevil, Dr Doom, Hulk, Cyclops. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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GOSSIP by Norman Rockwell

HULK by Bob Kessel
May 29th, 2009 by admin

HULK by Bob Kessel

HULK by Bob Kessel

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Bob Kessel has created a new art series titled, “Pop Unintentional” featuring pictures like HULK shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

Other comic characters portrayed in the Pop Unintentional art series are Spiderman, Dr. Strange, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Black Panther, Galactus, Superman, DareDevil, Batman and many more.

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