Robert (Bob) Kemp

Listed Canadian Artist: 1928 -1988, Collingwood, Ontario, Banff School of Fine Arts
Acrylic on Panel: Painted on 1/4 in. birch panel
Sight Size: h: 36 1/4 in. by w: 46 3/4 in.
Signed: Recto lower right
Signed & Titled Verso: The Storage Shed, Feb. 1965
Encased within: a 1960's Cedar frame
Overall Condition: Clean and varnished with no surface condition issues


Please take note: This is a somewhat larger painting by Bob than what he normally prooduced, whereas many of his works over the years tended to be of a smaller nature. But, Bob was known to occasionally delve into a larger size format when a particular setting caught his eye or a certain mood struck him.


Kemp Storage Shed


Kemp Storage Shed


Kemp Storage Shed


Kemp Signature


Kemp Title & Signature


Kemp Back Full


Robert (Bob) Kemp

Robert (Bob) KempRobert began his art training at Northern Vocational & Technical Institute in Toronto, graduating in 1946. He then attended the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1947. Upon completion Robert went to work for Taber, Dulmage and Feheley art studios in Toronto. He continued his study of art by correspondence in the Famous Artists Course in Westport, Connecticut, USA and received feedback concerning his art from famous American artist, Norman Rockwell.

Bob Kemp became art director at Hayhurst Advertising in Toronto in 1954. In 1961, he went out on his own as a self-employed artist, drawing from the inspiration of David C. Baker, an artist friend in New Hampshire. Bob moved to a chalet at the base of Blue Mountain, Ontario and began selling paintings from a gallery attached to the chalet. He has had twelve major exhibitions in the Blue Mountains area since his move from Toronto. Bob's paintings have won five awards and can be found in the collections of the Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery in Owen Sound, Ontario and in the collection of Princess Anne of the British royal family. In addition to two self-published books; "Places and Faces"(1972) and "Country Charms"(1976), the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts published a 25-year retrospective of the artist's works titled "Robert G. Kemp's Paintings and Drawings of Rural Ontario"(1983).

He married Barbara Flexman in 1966 and had two boys, Christopher (1967) and Gordon (1970). Gordon is a member of the Canadian Artist Collective, Drawnonward. Christopher is a business teacher at Richmond Hill High School in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

In 1990 following his death from a kidney disease the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts created a trust fund for the annual Robert G. Kemp Arts Award to recognize and encourage artists in the southern Georgian Bay, Ontario region. The recipient receives $5,000 for a project proposal that benefits the Blue Mountains community.

Bob Kemp, the Canadian painter, printmaker and author passed away in 1988.

Painting Ref No: 6OOCB19-S/MOEEX

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