Robert Bean: Safety in Numbers
Second Floor Gallery
July 10 through September 6, 2009
Opening reception on July 10, 5 – 8 pm, in conjunction with dowtown’s 2nd Friday Art Night
Born and raised in Arkansas, Robert Bean developed an affinity for the visual arts at an early age. Filtered through his fascination with comic books, his work has gradually developed into a style of sharp contrasts and storylines, with the title of the work becoming as important as the visual element. “I believe in the power of words. I believe in the power of images,” says Bean. “I believe that the two when combined, can create an experience that is more powerful than they each have on their own.”
A graduate of the Fine Arts program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Bean has spent the past several years investigating the people and places that surround him. Drawing on the energy and mysteries of the streets and people of Arkansas, he has continued to build upon his early fascination with visual storytelling. “I strive to create works that instill a sense of discovery and narrative,” he says. “I want the viewer to come away from my work feeling that they know something of what has happened, and that they want to know where it’s going to go.”
Bean’s work has appeared in several in-state exhibits, as well as out-of-state exhibits, most notably in the 2006 MOAK regional and in Half Moon Bay, California. The artist’s work is also held in private collections nationally.
The artist's work will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.