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Rob Diebboll Artist
photo © kim diebboll 2015

Rob Diebboll was born and raised in rural Michigan. His parents, a painter/potter and a weaver with an interest in art and American crafts, demonstrated art as a way of life. He migrated east to attend Bennington College and later settled in Massachusetts. His paintings reflect his surroundings, the environments where he has lived and traveled - the coast and islands of Massachusetts and Maine, the Adirondack Mountains and the Caribbean.

Rob primarily works outdoors. Composing as he goes, he begins with quick gestures, later fleshing them out from memory. Other paintings he ponders for years, singling out an iconic subject. He uses painting as a tool for seeing and understanding the relationship between objects in space. He exposes these relationships by omitting extraneous information and simplifying what he sees. Complex figures are reduced to simple shapes delineated by emboldened colors. Light is distilled to flattened planes and distance compressed by eliminating the horizon.

Over the years, both landscape and the figure have dominated the subject matter of Rob's paintings. He explores the subtle balance between a landscape holding people versus people inhabiting a landscape. By laying these two worlds side by side he gives each a new context. He defines a relationship between people and their environment, one individual and another, a person and their shadow, the viewer and the subject, or even two shapes or colors. With unobtrusive gestures Rob constructs a psychology. He may adjust the distance between figures, consider their scale within the landscape, or shift the curve of waves upon the sand to express serenity or tension, humor or gravity.

chronology

1958Born Detroit, Michigan
1980BFA, Painting and Photography, Bennington College
1998-2003DeCordova Museum School
2001-2008Studio at ArtSpace Maynard
2008-2013Rob Diebboll Studio, private gallery, School St., Rockport, MA
2013Rob Diebboll Studio, Camborne Way, Rockport, MA

select exhibitions

2016seARTS at Bass Rocks, (juried, "Long Beach Cottages") Gloucester, MA
By the Sea, solo show, Glen Urquhart School, Beverly Farms, MA
Red Biennial, (juried, "Lifeguards") Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2015seARTS at Bass Rocks, (juried, Second Place, "Lifeguards") Gloucester, MA
National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA: "Tapestry"
2014seARTS at Bass Rocks, (juried, Second Place, "Storm Surfers") Gloucester, MA
Cape Ann Artisans 2014 Studio Tour, Cape Ann, MA
2013Plenty, 13FOREST Gallery, Arlington, MA
seARTS at Bass Rocks, Gloucester, MA
National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, juried, Cambridge, MA
Cape Ann Artisans 2013 Studio Tour, Cape Ann, MA
Cape Ann Artisans at 30, Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA
2012seARTS at Bass Rocks, (juried, First Place, "Winter Beach") Gloucester, MA
2011seARTS at Cape Ann Medical Center, Gloucester, MA
2010Northeast Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
seARTS at Bass Rocks, Gloucester, MA
2009Red, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
Northeast Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2008Blue, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
Members Juried I, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
2007Coastal Paintings, Art and Architecture Gallery, Rockport, MA
Annual Group Exhibition, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
Within Range, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
Members Juried I, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
2006Recent Work, Lincoln Library, Lincoln, MA
3 Artists, Carlisle Library, Carlisle, MA
Annual Group Exhibition, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
Members Juried I, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
2005Water Views, Lincoln Library, Lincoln, MA
Annual Group Exhibition, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
3 Spaces, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
2004Small Works, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
Annual Group Exhibition, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
2003Small Works, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
Annual Group Exhibition, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
2002Small Works, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
Annual Group Exhibition, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
2001Annual Group Exhibition, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
Juried Student Exhibition, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA