John Dobbs: A Retrospective
November 6 - December 13, 2003
Reception Wednesday, November 5, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
exhibition artwork

I am a narrative painter … I work with oil paint. In the age of plastic I sail a wooden boat … we may both be relics, but there is a certain consistency.

—John Dobbs

ACA Galleries, NYC
Babcock Galleries, NYC
Susan Conway Gallery, Washington, DC
Carter Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Gallerie Ste. Placide, Paris, France
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY
Salon Des Independents, Paris, France

Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH
Farleigh Dickinson University, NJ
Herbert Goldstone Collection, NJ
Montclair Museum of Art, NJ
Syracuse UNiversity, NY
Wichita State University, KS

American Academy of Arts & Letters
National Academy of Design
Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant
Childe Hassam Purchase Prize

An acute observer of the human condition, John Dobbs's subject matter ranges from transportation themes, architectural depictions of the urban landscape, poolside vignettes, and dreamlike portraits and interiors. Dobbs utilizes hazy impressions and sensitive light patterns bringing his story to the canvas. Basically a self-taught artist, his classical technique reflects the influences of Jack Levine, Edwin Dickinson, Ben Shahn, and the German Expressionists.

Dobbs, a native of Nutley, New Jersey who grew up in Boston and Washington D.C., is a member of the National Academy of Design and retired Professor of Art at John Jay College, City University of New York. He has had 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 has 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.