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Robert Bean: Personal Spaces

July 18 - October 1, 2017

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center

Museum School instructor Robert Bean’s exhibition features drawings made directly on the walls of the gallery with paint markers. While the exhibition officially opens on July 18th, the artist began drawing on July 11th. Museum visitors are welcome to watch the artist at work each afternoon Tuesday through Friday until he finishes the work. Images of the progressing wall drawing are being posted via social media. Robert Bean says:

Robert Bean

Storytelling is an art form as old as humanity. We live and breathe stories every day and they can have a profound effect on how we see the world. I've always worked to find the story in every image and the image in every story. When I draw, I'll often write as well, and when I'm conceptualizing a new project, I'll often flip back and forth between the computer keyboard and my drafting table. To me, it's two sides of the same coin.

Personal Spaces is a new direction for me in how I'm approaching my visual storytelling. The written component has more impact than it has had in the past, and the stories are created as a sort of anthology, with these tales of personal tragedy and triumphs intertwined with one another. It's a new challenge that has been incredibly rewarding for me as an artist.

I was born and raised in Arkansas. From an early age, I was infatuated with visual stories in the form of comic books. I turned this passion into a degree in studio art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, exhibitions on a national scale, my work in private collections, and lately into teaching this passion to others at the Museum School. I strive to teach a new way of seeing through the power of drawing and help my students get a good foundation for expression no matter the medium they fall in love with.

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