BOB NUGENT (Listed California, born 1947). Nugent is a California artist whose work is influenced by his travels to South America. AMAZON STUDY V, 1987, 40" x 26" oil on paper (affixed to backing 43" x 29") titled lower left; signed/dated lower right. Gallery label on the back. Provenance: Scott Hanson Gallery, New York. The work we are offering is unframed. We see pin holes in the corners.
Biography from Askart as provided by Triton Museum of Art In 1971, Bob Nugent received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara and currently is a professor of art at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA.
Nugent's work is greatly influenced by his many trips to and experiences in, South America. The memory of the forms in the landscape of the Amazon River Basin has made a lasting impression on Nugent. These metaphysical landscapes draw the observer in and out of the picture plane and convey a sense of a recognizable form that is almost completely abstracted. Repeatedly used in patterns in his work are tree roots, beehives, cocoons, plant forms, vertebrae, anthills and insects.
(This section came from Elins/Eagles-Smith Gallery, located in San Francisco)
Ranging from yellow ochre to black, Nugent's large-scale canvases are subdued in tonality. They incorporate forms that represent natural, if not specifically identifiable, objects, such as: beehives, vertebrae, onions, pomegranates, and plants. Stripped of contextual presentation, the flora and fauna that Nugent depicts are abstracted beyond recognition. Their essence is captured by gestural marks and impastoed layers of oils on mixed media canvases.