Graduate Augustana College, SD 1977; Post graduate work at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Trained as a ceramic artist Robert "Bob" Booker is fascinated by both the intended mark and the accidental mark, his work remains true to his experience as a potter incorporating chance into his work. Minimal in content yet often decorative in design, his work reflects a respect for the color field painters and the modern minimalist sculptors and architects. Work is created with a variety of media including tar, oil, ink, photo transfer, computer generated type, asphalt, tin, charcoal, gold leaf, commercial and handmade papers, and acrylic.
Through the use of handmadeand colored papers, his work contains a luminosity and depth not found in his earlier minimalistic paintings which involved oil soaked canvas, rich pigment, and asphalt.
Booker often creates suites of work, related to each other in style, color and meaning. Recently his work has focused on images that are both self-referential and focused and related to issues such as abuse, HIV/AIDS, and gun control.
"Artists are truth-tellers, information providers and interpreters of the world around us. An Artist’s response to the to the issues of today will provides vision and inquiry in a thoughtful and creative manner."
Thrivent Financial, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Joe and Lois Duffy, Saint Croix, MN
Rick Gabrielson DDS, Denver, CO
Dr. Martin Brokenleg, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Michelle Stuart, Encinitas, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Murphy, Phoenix, AZ
Elizabeth Grajales, Phoenix, AZ
Tim Eigo, Phoenix, AZ
Icehouse Gallery, 2018
Exposed Gallery, 2018
Olney Gallery, AIDS month exhibition, 2016
Augustana College, Alumni Show, Union Gallery, 2013
Grand Avenue Festival, Citywide Studio Show, 2013
Eye Lounge, Benefit, 2012
Icehouse Group Show, 2010
Grand Avenue Festival, Citywide Studio Show, 2010
Bragg Pie Factory, Recycled Art Show, 2010
California Building, Studio Show 2004 and 2005