All Are Welcome-Dr. Bob
New Orleans self-taught folk artist Dr. Bob has made the phrase ‘Be Nice or Leave’ as much a part of his identity as the found objects he transforms into his artwork. Half Crow Indian and half French/German, Dr. Bob was born in Kansas in 1952 and came to New Orleans via Lake Pontchartrain. It was while he lived ‘across the lake’ that he became familiar with the alligator, an image that appears repeatedly in his work. Creatures from the bayou, the characters of the Quarter, and the spirits and demons of the Crescent City are all captured in the visionary paintings and assemblages created from architectural salvage, and numerous found objects from the city, the river, and the swamp. Previous to being a full-time artist, which he did not achieve until after 30 years of age, Dr. Bob worked a variety of jobs, each of which has enhanced his craftsmanship in the variety of techniques required as a true mixed-media artist, as well as his powers of observation necessary to express his vision.