Bobby Gilbreath


One’s fascination with nature is universal. We adore, worship, and stand in awe of nature. We come from it, and eventually we return to it. It provides us with some of the most beautiful phenomena. However, these phenomena are no rare occurrence. We encounter them all the time, though we are too caught up in human drama and fail to recognize them. Think of mountains and cracks in the sidewalk, of the cells of a virus and the image of far off solar systems, of synapses, lightning, fungi,

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About My Work:

The most beautiful things you can lay your eyes on are those completely unaffected by man, or those so completely altered that they become an entity of their own.

I am interested in art as the collective beauty found in every form. In creating paintings that transcend paint, in both mental and physical sense. Paintings that are a snapshot of my psyche, universally translated into an intimate relationship, unique to all. Drafting every possible item to service; attempt all, following a map of my own intuition, where all directions lead to higher ground, so long as you are moving. Drink from the stream of consciousness in an attempt to live, evolve, thrive, in paint. I want to create and destroy until I discover the difference between the two. To stumble through accident and into enlightenment.

My paintings capture time. They’re never really finished, the materials continue to work with each other, cracking, forming new patterns far after the painting itself has dried. But even more than that, time is the attachment to a memory.

Every action through the course of the day, every incomprehensible thought, every half-assed conversation, every fleeting feeling, every self-requited confession, every touch of wind on the back of my neck, every mouthful of smoke and full mouth of excuses, every glare from the half-genius-half-out-of-his-mind tramp, every honk of horn and every anticipation of deafening crash, every breath of cold that causes my hands to be seek refuge in my pockets, every accidental overheard conversation, every ignored realization on reality, every hung over morning and every sober night, every stain, every smear, every grime-caked post crying for human attention, all find a way to subconsciously effect what I paint.

That is when the work takes on a life of its own, and I follow it to whatever end it deems fit.

Everything is everything is everything.


2009-2014, BFA, Herron School of Art & Design

2010-2012, School of the Art Instute of Chicago, Chicago IL


2012, Robert E. Cavanaugh Scholarship, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, Indiana

2011, First Prize, Herron Undergraduate Exhibition, Indianapolis, Indiana

2010-2012, Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago




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