Members’ Gallery: April 2021

The Lasting Allure of Paint

Featuring Works by Bob Worthy ||

White Swamp II, Oil and Cold Wax painting by Bob Worthy (MG: April 2021)

Bob Worthy’s paintings create a question and are often inconclusive.  His blending of painting and collage is inspired by found papers, and man-made and natural textures.  Oil paint with cold wax medium or acrylic paints are applied over layers of collage or elastomeric compound resulting in a textured surface.  Recent work was inspired by visits to YouTube artist’s videos that replaced interactions with local artists curtailed by the pandemic.  These videos challenged him to try different media and processes, ultimately pushing him out of his comfort zone and leading to artistic growth.

Dreams, Oil and Cold Wax painting by Bob Worthy (MG: April 2021)

His paintings don't offer easy answers, often creating an opportunity for the viewer to complete the image.  It is the ambiguity of these artworks that lead to individual interpretations.  With strong influences from both landscape painters and the Abstract Expressionist era, his personal imagery often results in a conflict between representation and abstraction.   It is an uncomfortable space for some, that sense of not being quite sure of what you are seeing.

Worthy holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).   He received his Masters of Inter-disciplinary Studies in Fine Art (MIS) from VCU in 1999 and subsequently taught there from 1999-2016.    Worthy was recognized at the Fredericksburg, Virginia Regional Arts Awards in 2000, as an individual artist, for outstanding achievements and contributions to the cultural life of the greater Fredericksburg region. He also received a Certificate of Recognition from the Virginia Governor's Awards for the Arts during the same month.  Worthy was juror for “Square City” at the PonShop Gallery and has been a guest curator for the Louisa Art Center.   He currently serves as Assistant Curator for the Frederick Gallery at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts.

Worthy shares Studio 13 on the second level at Liberty Town Arts Center with two friends and fellow artists.    His work can be found in private and public collections in North America and internationally.

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