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Dr. Bob never had an art lesson in his life. Legends and lore, swamps and gators, shotgun houses and starry skies inspire his whimsical neon folk art. He incorporates found objects in his work,... Read More
Dr. Bob never had an art lesson in his life. Legends and lore, swamps and gators, shotgun houses and starry skies inspire his whimsical neon folk art. He incorporates found objects in his work, alligator teeth, reclaimed wood and local bottle caps adorn his paintings. If you have a meal at Elizabeth's restaurant at Chartres and Piety, you'll see plenty of Dr. Bob's work hanging on the walls. But the best place to see the artist's work and meet him too, depending on his mood, is at his Bywater studio, an industrial space shared with a local furniture maker. Used to be the place was less then welcoming to passersby, with no trespassing signs posted and Dr. Bob usually put out at any interruptions. After termite damage ruined a second floor apartment over his studio a few years ago, Dr. Bob transformed the space into a bona fide gallery, complete with a smiling assistant and floor to ceiling displays of his work for sale. But it sticks in his craw to be that mainstream. People feel comfortable with what they understand, he said. Success comes with a price. I just deal with it.
3027 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70117