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Robert Roark (b. 1944)  Artworks >>

Mr. Roark, a native of Mississippi, received his formal training at the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy of Design, and the Cape Cod School of Art under such noted artists as William Draper, Daniel Greene, and Henry Hensche. He has been the recipient of a Ford Foundation Scholarship and the Kunyoshi Memorial Scholarship. He has won numerous awards with pastels at such recognized shows as the National Pastel Show, including Best of Show, First Place (twice), and the Bee Paper Award. His miniature oil paintings, 5" x 7" and smaller, have won Mr. Roark as many as five national awards in a year, including First Place and Best of Show in the Montana Miniature Society Show. His larger oils have also won numerous awards, including the Best in Show Award in the Leo Diehl Exhibition. His nudes and portraits have received wide national and international recognition and have won many awards. Both the National Arts Club and Salmagundi Club have recognized his work with first place awards. Mr. Roark has exhibited in New York City at the National Arts Club, the Wickersham Gallery, the Fox Gallery, the Flynn Gallery and the Salmagundi Club. He has also been shown in Taos, New Mexico; Columbus, Ohio; Sarasota, Florida; and in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian and is in the permanent private collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and the Cape Museum of Fine Arts. Mr. Roark's art work can be found in many private and corporate collections worldwide. While in New York, Mr. Roark worked as a portrait painter and an illustrator for such publications as The New York Times. He has also done mural work for the Hotel Pierre and for the Pierre Cardin Resorts in Palm Springs, CA. Mr. Roark was the subject of recent articles in Cape Cod Life magazine and has been the featured artist for the Cape Cod Times, Cape Cod Antiques and Arts Magazine, Cape Art Review and American Art Collector. In 1987 Mr. Roark had his first one-man show at Tree's Place, Orleans, MA and continued to hold one-man shows there until he and his wife, Anita Winstanley-Roark, a photographer and art historian, opened their own gallery, Winstanley-Roark Fine Arts, Dennis, MA, in 1995. His work can also be found at the Megan Candler Gallery in Vero Beach Florida. Mr. Roark's paintings have been described as "a mastery of reflected light." His landscapes and still lifes "invite tactile exploration" and his interior scenes have elicited references to Vermeer, "while still modern and completely Mr. Roark's own, in style and subject." Describing his work, Mr. Roark has said that he paints in "a simple and straightforward manner, choosing to define the landscape and other subjects in terms of light as opposed to color." His approach transports the viewer into a beautiful world of varied subjects and entices one to linger and explore radiant textures and evocative light. Through his numerous subjects Mr. Roark has laid claim to an exquisite corner of the present Age of Enlightenment by creating mirror images of the passion which resides within him. Mr. Roark has reproduced several of these beautiful images in a limited edition format, capturing the essence of his original paintings and of timeless Cape Cod. Source

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