The George Krevsky Gallery mourns the loss of gallery artist, John Dobbs. A longtime resident of the Westbeth Studios in Manhattan, John was committed to representational, figurative painting as exploration of the human condition. Throughout his more than fifty-year career he was an astute admirer of Francesco Goya, Titian, and the German Expressionists. John was a close personal friend and colleague of painters, Jack Levine and Raphael Soyer. First introduced to us in the Smithsonian's traveling show on baseball, "Diamonds are Forever," showing actively at our gallery for the past ten years.
"In Dobbs' work there is an exhaustive desire to know what is being experienced, and the impossibility of knowing how far that is possible," stated Art Critic Donald Goddard of John Dobbs' artwork in 2001.
John Dobbs was born in Nutley, New Jersey and grew up in Boston and Washington D.C. He attended the Brooklyn Museum Art School and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 1956, through 1959 he taught at his alma mater, the Brooklyn Museum Art School. He continued teaching art at the New School for Social Research from 1964 – 1972 and then at John Jay College from 1972 – 1996, with year long appointments at the National Academy of Design in 1978 and the Art Students League in 1982.
John Dobbs' career included solo exhibitions at various museums, universities and galleries. Among the many private collections are the Joseph Hirshhorn in Washington D.C., the Roy Neuberger in Purchase, N.Y., and the Shure Family Collection in Chicago, Ill. He had been featured in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art, the American Academy of Art and Letters, the Whitney Museum in New York, the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, and the Salon Populiste in Paris, France.