Bob Nunn (Studio 1C4)
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Like you, I am influenced by all that I have ever seen or heard or felt. The images that appear in my work are from my mind… probably mostly from imagination… but also shaped and colored with a whole lifetime of things remembered. The representations are abstract by intent and I do have fun playfully employing different viewpoints and perspectives, often simultaneously within a single work.
BOB NUNN, M.A., M.F.A. – Dallas native and lifelong art educator Bob Nunn has maintained his studio in Dallas’ fabled Deep Ellum for well over 30 years. Acknowledged as one of the pioneer Deep Ellum artists, he figures prominently among those who have contributed to the reputation of that area of Dallas as its “original” Arts District.
After more than 25 years of instructing classes in painting and drawing at North Lake College, the revered “Professor Nunn” became just plain Bob, retiring officially in 2006. Credited for his significant role in building the acclaimed painting and drawing programs at North Lake College and still dedicated to its success, he found that he was unwilling to give up teaching altogether and so he continued there as a part-time instructor for another four years. Today, he is retired completely from teaching and is happy to be devoting full attention to his art.
Over the years, multiple accomplished and recognized artists have cited his influence in their lives as key to their success. He is also quick to acknowledge those whose influence has been meaningful in his own development as an artist. He credits Paul R. Harris, then a high school art teacher, with providing the initial encouragement to set him on his life’s course in art. His gratitude for perhaps the most profound influence goes to Dr. Paul Kelpe, the professor whose ruthless bursting of the bubble of all his preconceptions forced him to begin entirely anew with perception, exploration and re-examination of the world around him – thus launching his odyssey of inquiry that continues today.
Nunn’s work has been acquired by notable institutions and collectors as well as many private individuals. His paintings and drawings have appeared in exhibitions locally, regionally and nationally, garnering numerous awards that include more than a few “Best of Show”. Dallas’ new Convention Center Hotel (The Omni) commissioned a pair of Bob Nunn paintings – the largest two paintings he’s ever done – for their permanent collection. For its inaugural exhibition, the Dallas Museum of Art included two of his works. His academic career, significant influence and dedication to art education over the years are well-recognized through multiple awards and publications. In 1995, he was selected to receive the first-ever Moss/Chumley Award, given by SMU’s Meadows Museum in recognition of his lifelong dedication to artist advocacy. His work has been selected to appear in several editions of Studio Visit Magazine and he was honored five successive times in “Who’s Who in Teaching – Colleges and Universities”.
For nearly 30 years, the Nunn Studio has been in the Continental Gin Building, an old Dallas treasure just east of downtown that’s on the National Historic Register. The patented cotton gin equipment manufactured here helped to make Dallas the acknowledged world center for cotton for much of its early history. Over the past two decades, the CGB has been home to some of Dallas’ most notable artists. Twice a year, the CGB artists host their Open Studios event – arguably the best of its kind in the region. Nunn invites you to find out more about him, his work, his studio and the community of artists in Deep Ellum’s most stellar studio complex.
His website is www.nunnstudio.com