It’s not hard to spot a Bob Coonts painting. Geometric shapes along with strong, vivid colors, and imagery influenced by nature and the ancients are the parts that make up the sum of his iconic work. With influences from mythology, nature, Native American, Celtic, Asian, Middle Eastern, Greek and Roman art, Bob’s artworks have been described as Abstract Surrealism. His work also reflects a Gustave Klimt feel as well as evocations of Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Juan Miro and the modern day Chuck Close.
“I use geometric shapes, circles, triangles, squares and other forms, such as arrows and concentric circles,” says Bob. “The arrow, used by early Native Americans in many of their animal images found on pottery and petroglyphs, represents the heart line. The heart line was believed to be the strength, source, and breath of life for a particular animal. I use the arrow as a design element and feel that it helps give my paintings a sense of movement as well as suggesting the four directions. Above all, I try to create something unique, fascinating to look at and something that brings joy in doing.”
An exhibition of Bob’s work, along with the work of artists and designers he mentored during a graphic design and teaching career spanning more than three decades opens November 20th at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. More information about the show can be found here.