Oil on canvas, titled "Tranquility", signed lower left "Robert Roark". The painting depicts an artist seated in a canvas canoe at the stern with a small easel with a canvas mounted at its base. Forward of the easel is the artist’s painting box. The water is extremely still and there is a mirror like reflection of the canoe and artist in the water. The painting has the most tranquil and serene treatment. The painting has excellent detail and is a fine example of modern realism.
Dimensions of Painting: Height 24, Width 18, Inches
Dimensions of Frame: Height 30 1/4, Width 24 1/4, Inches
Biography: Robert Roark was studying at the Art Students League of New York when he met Henry Hensche, the famous artist and instructor at the Cape Cod School of Art. It was 1965. Hensche invited Roark to Provincetown to study. For the next several years, Roark studied under Hensche, developing a relationship with Cape Cod and focusing on his own artistic vision, which turned out to be quite different than that of Hensche.
His nudes and portraits have received wide national and international recognition and have also won many awards. Both the National Arts Club and Salmagundi Club have recognized his work with first place awards. In 1996, he was asked to jury the prestigious Copley Society’s annual Group Show, and in 1998, he was invited to participate in a major event to raise funds for Boston’s Battered Women Clinic held at the Copley Society. Roark has exhibited at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and in Naples, Florida, at the Naples Museum of Art. His work can also be found in the Hirschhorn’s permanent private collection and at the Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts in Dennis.
In 2001, Mr. Roark was the featured artist for the celebrated “Pops by the Sea” event held each year in Hyannis with the renowned Boston Pops Orchestra, to raise funds for the Cape Cod Arts Foundation. From November 2001 to February 2002, the Cape Cod Museum of Art held a retrospective exhibition of Roark’s work, highlighting his artistic mastery. In 2006, Roark was accepted as a member of the prestigious International Guild of Realism and his work has been part of their 2006 – 2009 juried exhibitions. And in 2009, his work was included in the permanent collection of the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, Massachusetts.