On 3rd Friday in September, Kiosk Gallery presents “Shift” – a solo exhibition of new works by Bob Kolar. From the artist’s statement:
“Change Gears… Alter direction… This has been my mindset as I move from a corporation to self employment, from a large studio to a spare bedroom, from group efforts to solitary acts, and from a commercial pursuit to a personal one.
“Whether I am illustrating a picture book, designing a toy, or creating these personal works, it is always about shapes. I’m interested in the sense of volume and space that simple shapes create. These images are built from the same familiar shapes I use in all my work. They don’t have the literal content I use in my works for children, but I’m striving to create the same sense of presence, motion, tension, playfulness, and maybe even story.
“This show is another shift.”
Bio: Bob Kolar (1960, Cleveland, United States), BFA Columbus College of Art & Design, MFA Syracuse University.
Bob Kolar’s first art job was to paint the paper banners that the Midview High School football team ran through at the beginning of every home game. The consistent work was great, but it never ended well, the team usually lost and the art was in shreds. After that he had a 30 year career as a corporate artist.
Kolar now works on his own creating picture books and products for children. He has written and/or illustrated 32 children’s books which have been printed in 11 languages. Two animated television series, toy collections, and clothing lines have been created from his work.
Kolar also teaches Illustration at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Artist’s reception – Friday, September 15th from 6-9 pm. The show runs through October 12th, with open hours on Fridays 12-6 pm, and Saturdays 12-4 pm.