Mr. Robert Bean

Part-Time Instructor, Art


I use my art as a way to communicate with and understand the world around me. Because we all see the world through our own perceptions I try to create narrative paintings that incorporate personal subject matter and symbols while using more universal themes and archetypes to create a series of paintings that work as a whole.

As much as I enjoy working with ideas about how to create interesting narratives, I constantly work on my painting technique. I obsessively study old masters paintings and read anything I can find about their thinking and working method. I have been working on incorporating both impressionistic techniques and the more classical method of using greys and neutrals. I also try to work from life as much as possible to keep my observational skills sharp.

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Mr. Robert Bean's Curriculum Vitae


  • M.F.A., Louisiana State University, 2001
  • B.F.A., Mississippi State University, 1997

Classes Taught


  • "Unhinged", BWAC, Brooklyn, NY, 2013
  • "The Art of Seeing: Works from the Permanent Collection", Huntsville Museum of Art, AL, 2013
  • "Alabama Calling", Bell + Bragg, Auburn AL, 2013
  • "Singular Frequencies" (solo), Louisiana College, Pineville LA, 2012
  • "Singular Frequencies" (solo), University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL, 2012
  • "The Nature of Dreams" (solo), Lowe Mill Arts Center, Huntsville AL, 2011
  • "36th Annual Bi-Sate Competition", Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian MS, 2010
  • "Drawing on Alabama", Auburn University, Auburn AL, 2009
  • "Alabama Artists", Matt Jones Gallery, Birmingham AL, 2009
  • "No Direction Home" (solo), Hawthorn Gallery, Birmingham AL, 2007