|Robert C. Kirkpatrick|
On February 18th, 2009, Bob and Paulette Kirkpatrick were struck and killed by a drunk driver while traveling from an International Guild of Realism exhibit in which Bob was displaying his work.
Mr. Kirkpatrick taught art in the Baltimore area including Baltimore County Public Schools, The Maryland Institute Young People’s Studio, and the Muse Studio. He taught oil painting at the Mitchell School of Fine Arts.
While teaching full-time, he exhibited in both group and solo shows, selling works through exhibits and private commissions. He devoted himself to his painting career.
His works emphasize the play of light, whether on water or stone as in his landscapes or on glass and cloth as in his still-life studies. He employed the glazing techniques of the Old Masters but with a contemporary feel. A lifelong resident of Maryland, his landscapes portray the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, the Gunpowder River, and the Maryland countryside from the Atlantic to the Appalachians.
His still-lifes depict a spectrum of surface qualities ranging from transparent to reflective to opaque. His subjects include antiques, fruit, and a variety of objects enabling him to create compositions which show an interplay of light and shadow. His still-life studies evolved into his whimsical trompe l'oeills. He enjoyed playing with narrative, biographical, and auto-biographical subjects as well as carrying the trompe l'oeill concept into the framing of his creations.
Associate Member - Oil Painters of America
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