Bob Byerley

BOB Byerley
Art of Children
  
     

Bob Byerley is one of the foremost painters of children today. Considered a modern day Norman Rockwell, Bob's nostalgic "Trompe l'Oeil" fool the eye realism oil paintings evoke a feeling of a kinder and gentler age in which he grew up.

Bob Byerley's classical ultra realistic interpretations of the everyday experiences of the child, awakens in the viewer, long forgotten memories. The art combines precise academic painting techniques of the Old Dutch Masters with the heart and soul of Norman Rockwell.

Byerley's children are real, not fabricated or cutsie. In his paintings, imagination abounds. His children interact naturally with fairies, elves and surrealistic imaginary animals. He paints children doing things rather than viewing things; his kids are alive with vitality and mischief. We invite you to come along and visit the Neighborhood and enjoy some of the finest art work in realism being done today.

Biography continued below....

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Bob Byerley The Dreamers children golf pictures fantasy art prints
The Dreamers
Robert Byerley The Daredevil motorcycle children pictures and american art
The Daredevil
Robert Byerley A Fascination children pictures and american childhood art
A Fascination
Robert Byerley After Supper children pictures and american childhood art
After Supper
Robert Byerley Akaka Falls Hawaii children landscape pictures and american childhood art
Akaka Falls, HI
Robert Byerley A Long Wait Till Dark children halloween pictures and american childhood art
A Long Wait Till Dark
Robert Byerley A Newborn Child children pictures and american childhood art
A Newborn Child
(Illumination Print)
Robert Byerley A Study in White children pictures and american childhood art
A Study in White
Robert Byerley A Summer Poem children pictures and american childhood art
A Summer Poem
Robert Byerley A Thousand Hours children christmas pictures and american childhood art
A Thousand Hours
Robert Byerley Bean Ball children pictures and american childhood art
Bean Ball
Robert Byerley Christmas Memories children pictures and american childhood art
Christmas Memories
Robert Byerley Cloudbuster Airlines children pictures and american childhood art
Cloudbuster Airlines
Robert Byerley Cover Girl children pictures and american childhood art
Cover Girl
Robert Byerley Creation children pictures and american childhood art
Creation
(Illumination Print)
Robert Byerley Doll House children pictures and american childhood art
Doll Hospital
Robert Byerley Eigth and Main children toy pictures and american childhood art
8th and Main
Robert Byerley Fireworks Tonight children pictures and american childhood art
Fireworks Tonight
Robert Byerley Flag children pictures and american childhood art
Flag
Robert Byerley From One to Ten children pictures and american childhood art
From 1to 10 (Boy)
Robert Byerley From 1 to 10 children pictures and american childhood art
From 1 to 10 (Girl)
GUMBALL DEAL
Gumball Deal
HEROES AND VILLANS
Heroes and Villains
INCISOR SURPRISER
Incisor Surpriser
INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MACHINE
Incredible Shrinking Machine
IN GRAND TRADITION
In Grand Tradition
NAMING THE FLOWERS
Naming the Flowers
INVITATION TO FLIGHT
Invitation to Flight
(Illumination Print)
JACKPOT
Jackpot
(Illumination Print)
ONCE UPON A TIME
Once Upon A Time
WALTS MAGICAL BARN
Walt's Magical Barn
Biography Continued....

Bob spent his entire childhood in Kansas City, Missouri. He was an only child. His mother was a piano teacher and began teaching Bob to play at the age of five: When he was six years old he performed his first one man concert. Throughout his childhood, he continued his musical education. He also showed a strong interest in drawing. His musical endeavors were enthusiastically encouraged, his drawing interests, not.

    After high school, Bob decided to enter college, not as a music major, but as a pre-med student. He attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and in his junior year he was required to take three credit hours of fine arts for his pre med degree. He signed up for a three hour “Introduction to Art” class and when he walked into the art building, saw the paintings, and smelled the turpentine, he knew he was home. He loved the art and after one semester, made the hardest phone call to his parents that he had ever had to make; “Mom, Dad, I’ve decided not to be a doctor, I’m going to be an artist! Silence----------”.

Bob went on to receive his Bachelors and his Masters Degree in Art from University of Missouri at Columbia. After graduating he taught painting and drawing at the University and also at Missouri Western College in St. Joseph, Missouri.
    At the age of thirty, Bob quit teaching and began painting full time. His primary focus, for many years was still-life; still-lives rendered in a very detailed, fool-the-eye realistic style. In the late 1980's he began to paint children as the center of interest in his work and in that particular genre, he found success. Bob is now internationally known for his realistic portrayals of children in nostalgic settings; settings that reflect his own “kinder and gentler” childhood.

    He and his wife Alice, have four grown children and two grandchildren. Alice is their business manager and a very fine painter in her own right. They now live in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Bob’s work is represented in many fine collections and his work can be seen in thousands of galleries throughout the world.