by Bob Kling
Center for Faith and Life
March 26 - May 20, 2007
Though widely versatile among other things – Bob Kling photographs, sign writes, throws clay, illustrates, and writes – he is best known for his painting and digital photography pieces. This body of work exhibits both these interests by displaying photo-realistic paintings.
Bob Kling has been an artist and an educator for most of his life. Kling teaches high school art in Indianola, Iowa and also serves as an adjunct faculty member of the art department at Simpson College. Kling holds a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in drawing and art history and master’s degrees in art from the University of Northern Iowa. He has also done graduate work at Drake University and Iowa State University. In 1992 he was a finalist for the Department of Education's Iowa Teacher of the Year and in 1998 was selected as the Indianola Chamber of Commerce's Educator of the Year and Walmart Teacher of the Year.
Kling’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibits throughout the United States. Among his most recent exhibits are “Return to Italy,” digital photos taken during his 2005 travels in Italy, and “Paintings by Bob Kling: The Indianola Years,” paintings created over a 20-period. Works by Kling are held in several private and public collections.
Most currently the artist is working on a series of altarpieces based upon early Renaissance panels and contemporary culture. Additionally, he is creating a series of canvases inspired by his travels to Italy as well as experimenting with computer technology and painting.
“As an artist I paint as I experience life. The little things we see each day, we tend to take for granted. I like to get close to a subject and explore its nooks and crannies – to understand how its individual elements, characteristics and nuances influence each other to create the whole. I like a painting that grabs your attention and then begs you to come closer and explore.”