On February 28th, 2015, Heart ´N´ Soul Gallery presents Bob Doucette "Beyond Wonderland" a solo exhibition of new paintings.
Heart ´N´ Soul Gallery is a modern and contemporary art gallery specializing in pop surrealism and graffiti art located in the heart of the Culver City Art District.
Bob Doucette was raised in Maine surrounded by a very arty community. He started drawing and painting as a child and was encouraged by his parents with art lessons. He started painting classes at age eight but his mother decided he was too messy for oil paints and he switched to acrylics soon after. He has been using them ever since. At Rhode Island School of Design Doucette double majored in illustration and animation.
Bob’s thesis film “Bessie and Erna” was featured in several film festivals including, Lucca Animation Festival in Italy, Annecy International Animation festival in France,Toronto International Animation Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and upon graduation the film was bought by a rental company to be included in their film catalog. The film was notable for appearing to be a moving painting without the traditional outlines of classic animation.
At this time Bob joined the Puppet Workshop of Providence where he designed puppets and sets, wrote plays and performed in many of the main stage shows guided by the brilliant artistic director, Mark Kohler. The pinnacle of his second puppetry career was meeting Jim Henson and joining in a Muppet Workshop, learning how to make puppets with the wonderful people who made all the Sesame Street Muppets.
Bob moved to California to continue his education at CalArts and earned a master’s degree in animation. His CalArts thesis film “The Pink Triangle” was shown at The Museum of Modern Art in New York by his wonderful mentor Jules Engel and was made part of the permanent collection of the New York Public Library. It has been featured in several film festivals and was reviewed on In the Life on public TV.
Upon graduating, Bob moved to Los Angeles where he continued his design career and eventually went into animation. Although he has worked in animation for twenty years, he never gave up his own personal art work. Bob has continued to paint and sculpt while working at animation and has always desired the opportunity to break out as a gallery artist.
In 1989 Bob partnered with Tom Slotten, a professional costumer, to make over a hundred fine art dolls together. Slotten made the costumes while Bob sculpted,painted and accessorized the dolls. Their work has been collected and commissioned by many art collectors all over the world including, Demi Moore, who owns over a dozen of their pieces. Hillary Clinton commissioned them to make a doll for the White House Christmas tree in 1999 and their Ben Franklin doll is now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian.
As an animation director Bob has produced many hours of cartoons for TV and DVD and is currently working only as a painter.