After a career spent as a graphic designer, illustrator, and Art Director at Hasbro in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Bob felt the need to begin to paint again. He began using the brilliant colors of gouache, a thick, opaque Italian watercolor. When deciding what his subject would be, he went back to something that meant a lot to him - the working fishing vessels of New Bedford and Galilee, Rhode Island.
Rigs, Hulls & Wheelhouses: The Art of Bob Lavoie hosts its opening reception July 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St.
Bob says of his subjects, "I’ve tried to paint them as they are - working boats with the rust, nets, blocks, and confusing jumbles of lines that make them beautiful. These working vessels are disappearing in some ports, being displaced by pristine yachts in the slips and multi-million dollar condos on the docks where once these proud working vessels sailed out into the Atlantic to bring in cod, haddock, and scallops that made New England one of the primary fisheries in the world. These paintings are a small attempt to preserve a part of our New England heritage that is fast disappearing."
In addition to his painting, Bob also has his own graphic design and fine art studio - spot51design. He is a member of several art associations in Rhode Island. His work has been shown in galleries across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. In 2013, his work was chosen to be on loan to Senator Whitehouse’s office in Washington DC. In 2014, the Rhode Island Council on The Arts and the RI Airport Authority chose his work for an exhibit at the Block Island Airport.