Artist Bob Byerley Painter of our American Childhood (1941- ), 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, Artist Bob Byerely 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 seven grandchildren. Alice is their business manager and a very fine painter in her own right. They now live in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Bob Byerley's work is represented in many fine collections and his work can be seen in thousands of galleries throughout the world.
Family based art prints for sale, Children at play art for sale, Prints of little boys and girls for sale, Paintings for sale by Bob Byerely.
Bob Byerley - Close your eyes and think back to when you were eight years old. Back to a time when the windy rush of racing your bicycle down the highest hill in the neighborhood was the thrill of a lifetime, when everything was not only exciting, but also possible, when to have a story-spinning grandpa and a cool lemonade was to be marvelously happy. Now…open your eyes! The world of Bob Byerley is not his alone--we are all invited to disappear with him into that land of unfettered imagination, childhood.
The artist’s photographic memory of his boyhood adventures combines with a talent honed by a lifetime of dedication to his craft to create these charming, innocent portraits of a simpler time. Byerley also brings his mastery of the realistic still life, rendered with microscopic detail, to the current style of his mature work. The effect of this fool-the-eye realism is so convincing that the viewer is drawn in and taken hold of by irresistible urges to peel curling labels from old boxes, pull strings on marionettes, or wipe the chocolate smears from a child’s cheek. Technical mastery combined with an unlimited sense of fun—this unique combination transforms first-time viewers into lifelong Byerley fans!
Bob was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1941. His inner yearning to paint lured him from pre-med to fine art at the University of Missouri at Columbia, where he studied the Old Masters and completed both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Bob then taught art for five years. The year 1970 was the beginning of his journey as a professional artist, taking him from abstract and political statements to a long careful perfection of realistic still life, and finally to his forte—realistic, nostalgic depictions of the imaginative doings of his own childhood.
Now, years later, he is often called the Norman Rockwell of our time, favorably compared with Rembrandt and the Dutch Masters, and appreciated, highly collected, and much loved by collectors of art everywhere.