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100 Years From Now Will Bob Ross' Tacky Paintings Be Considered Fine Art?

And if the Antiques Roadshow is still on TV, will they be giving his works high valuations?

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by Anonymousreply 45Last Sunday at 3:45 PM


But it will be interesting to find out if Bob Ross’s painting show launched any celebrated artists’ careers by engaging them in oil painting.

by Anonymousreply 110/17/2020

Their pretty. He's a good painter. I got drug to that MoMA in New York that was full of crap.

by Anonymousreply 210/17/2020

No, but he will still be a thing as long as those television show survive.

Dude made you feel better about the world.

by Anonymousreply 310/17/2020

No, but he will be admirer as The Godfather of ASMR. His appeal is his voice/mannerisms, not his paintings.

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by Anonymousreply 510/17/2020

Bob should have done some abstract work. They would have been interesting because he does a few things well and could have concentrated on those techniques, and not his his abominable sense of landscape.

by Anonymousreply 610/17/2020

Okay all you Bob Ross aficionados, your joy is now complete. PLUTO has just added the new Bob Ross channel #518. All Bob, all day, every day.

by Anonymousreply 710/23/2020

No. But, I get why Bob is beloved. Simpler times of simple pleasures - happiness and painting.

by Anonymousreply 810/23/2020

I actually got inspired to oil paint from his shows. I found out there was a class that taught his technique. I love his work and style. I had an instructor who met him and said Bob was the same guy in person as you saw on the shows.

by Anonymousreply 910/23/2020

As a painter myself I've always thought the main problem with his artwork is that his color palette was usually loud and garish and gave his works a cartoonish appearance. I've seen a few of his canvasses where he had used a much more muted color palette and I thought they were quite nice. But then, he never had any aspirations that his work would some day hang in the Louvre, As a performer & teacher attempting to entertain and get people interested in painting he was quite brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Sunday at 6:09 AM

That mountain in R1 looks like it's marinating in yellow mustard sauce surrounded by the green plastic grass they put in bento boxes.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Sunday at 6:25 AM

**Sorry, OP (not R1). I was temporarily blinded.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Sunday at 6:29 AM

They are the Dogs Playing Poker and Velvet Elvis of our times.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Sunday at 6:30 AM

Art snobs. Bob Ross inspired many to take up painting. Is it museum quality no, but he introduced painting to millions. Sad that we can't celebrate that. Better to fawn all over Jeff Koons Balloon Dog, sold for $58.4 million.

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by Anonymousreply 14Last Sunday at 6:44 AM

I don't need a lobotomy, but if I were to need one...

I might try gazing into one of his works, listening to his creepy fucking Mr. Rogers voice, or watching that ugly man. No, on second thought, straight to the electrodes.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Sunday at 6:53 AM

At least Bob Ross will never eclipse the true heinousness of the schlock that Thomas Kincaid turned-out.

by Anonymousreply 16Last Sunday at 7:02 AM

He was a rip off of Bill Alexander

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by Anonymousreply 17Last Sunday at 7:06 AM

The thing I see in them is that they are too perfect, like a computer spit them out. They are very lifeless and dull without any feeling, yet perfectly done.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Sunday at 7:07 AM

R4 No one could get ASMR from someone so ugly.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Sunday at 7:10 AM

My mother was an artist and I remember her saying that she didn't watch it after she saw that his show was just a particular set of techniques, over and over.

When I watched it a few times myself, I noticed that it he was not showing you how to paint something real, something in front of you. It was always imagined landscapes that leant themselves to the few techniques he was demonstrating.

But yes, he was quite relaxing, and I was amazed at those few techniques creating a landscape painting in, what, 20 minutes?

by Anonymousreply 20Last Sunday at 7:29 AM

[quote[ He was a rip off of Bill Alexander

He was actually trained by Alexander and worked as a teacher for Alexander for a while before going out on his own. Ross isn't a rip off of anyone. Bill Alexander claimed to have invented the alla prima (wet on wet) painting technique, which couldn't be father from the truth. That technique has been used for centuries. Bob Ross always gave Alexander full credit for teaching him the technique and Alexander was so insanely jealous of Ross' success after he'd gone out on his own that he wasted no opportunity to disparage Ross saying that Ross had betrayed him and was copying him. Bill Alexander was a pathetic old man filled with envy.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Sunday at 7:31 AM

100 years from now, OP?

They already are.

by Anonymousreply 22Last Sunday at 7:39 AM

They look like Thomas Kinkaide w/o the sparkles.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Sunday at 7:43 AM

and, by coincidence, I see that Create TV has a Best of Joy of Painting marathon starting at noon

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by Anonymousreply 24Last Sunday at 7:43 AM

Bob Ross is OK I guess. Since my beloved Thomas Kincaide went home to Jesus I wonder if his “paintings of light“ have increased in value. The store in the local mall here closed up a long time ago and I have several around my house.

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by Anonymousreply 25Last Sunday at 7:58 AM

OP's painting is just calling out for someone to paint a monster in the middle.

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by Anonymousreply 26Last Sunday at 8:37 AM

They won't hold their value like a Kinkade.

by Anonymousreply 27Last Sunday at 8:45 AM

What are these 'techniques ' he teaches?

by Anonymousreply 28Last Sunday at 8:48 AM

What are these Kinkade works I see above priced at next to nothing? Some computerized transfer of a picture onto a canvas. No way those are actual oil paintings. Whatever they are, they're just a bit too precious for my taste. I'm sure whoever buys those things also buys a lot of Capodimonte figurines and spends an inordinate amount of time on QVC and HSN.

by Anonymousreply 29Last Sunday at 8:49 AM

[quote] and spends an inordinate amount of time on QVC and HSN.

Like that’s a bad thing.

by Anonymousreply 30Last Sunday at 8:55 AM

R29- it clearly states it is a print. A Original Kinkade would be worth at least $20!

by Anonymousreply 31Last Sunday at 8:58 AM

I mean... they're not high art or anything, but I'd be happy to be able to produce paintings like that and just churn them out. There must be some way to apply the techniques artistically as well.

by Anonymousreply 32Last Sunday at 9:08 AM

The Bob Ross / Canalleto show at the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice was a revelation. I think Ross paintings are "buys" and "holds" now.

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by Anonymousreply 34Last Sunday at 9:30 AM

I will offer my humble opinion and say Ross's works won't be worth much a hundred years from now. There might be a niche market for originals, but his technique doesn't quite rise to the definition of fine art and never will. In fact, if you've ever been to a trunk show at your local Holiday Inn or similar venue, you'll see hundreds of similar paintings that are made in Chinese factories by "artists" who are trained to produce exact copies of landscapes by the truckload. Many are advertised as "sofa size," because they are wide enough to cover the living room wall above your average couch.

by Anonymousreply 35Last Sunday at 9:41 AM

No, it's schlock.

by Anonymousreply 36Last Sunday at 10:32 AM

This Banksy parody of a Monet sold at Sotheby's for nearly $10 million. Chances are Bansky didn't even paint it but had a studio assistant paint is, as many successful artists do. The difference between Bob Ross and Banksy is public perception.

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by Anonymousreply 37Last Sunday at 10:47 AM

His painting allowed ordinary people to understand the artistic process, the way the materials can be used to create ideas on canvas. Good for him.

Bonus points: he seemed a very kind and humane man. His voice was very soothing and reassuring.

by Anonymousreply 38Last Sunday at 11:21 AM

R37 That is a brilliant painting.

by Anonymousreply 39Last Sunday at 12:56 PM

R39, no it isn't, it's an easy parody and very low level gimmick. Been done a million times before.

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by Anonymousreply 40Last Sunday at 1:17 PM

[quote] A Original Kinkade would be worth at least $20! 😁

by Anonymousreply 41Last Sunday at 1:43 PM

R40 the art market would indicate that you don't know shit.

by Anonymousreply 42Last Sunday at 1:51 PM

People will buy anything if marketed right.

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by Anonymousreply 44Last Sunday at 3:45 PM

He never had the range!

by Anonymousreply 45Last Sunday at 3:45 PM
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