Introducing Bob Borel
Drawn to the arts at a young age I cannot remember a time when art wasn’t a tool that I used to try and make sense of the world. Being self taught I bounced around several art forms: pen and paper, photography (eventually with my own dark room), storytelling, historical reenactment, documentary making, digital photo manipulation, and most recently painting.
My favorite art expressions lately are teaching art to inmates and busking (street performance) in a series I call Unflattering Abstract Portraits. It involves two chairs, an easel, and a sign that says ‘Unflattering Abstract Portraits, Free, Tips Accepted”. Any passerby can have a seat and I’ll scratch out a likeness that’s part portraiture, part abstract, and part essence. I’ve done it over a dozen times and I usually do 30 – 50 portraits in a few hours.
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