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Robert Gunn

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Hugely talented and experienced, Robert Gunn is a Kansas City artist working in the finest tradition of American illustration. His work is steeped in realism and authenticity, often harking back to a gentler age through its wholesome sense of familiarity. Likewise, his clients find him easy going and accommodating, willing to please and precise in his execution.
Painting with oils in his own natural style, Robert is often likened to Norman Rockwell even though he has never tried to emulate the artist. In fact, his influences go back to the earlier greats of American illustration such as NC Wyeth, JC Leyendecker and Howard Pyle. After training at the Art Center in Pasadena, California, Robert’s award-laden career began working in-house for advertising agencies before taking flight to become one of America’s most respected freelance illustrators.

Approach

Good design forms the foundations of a great image, and Robert follows old school techniques – lots of research, detailed sketching, planning the composition, then painting from reference materials or photos of live models. He uses as many different colours as possible, without letting any one of them become too overpowering.

Style

Robert paints in the Americana genre. However, while his painterly realism evokes a bygone era he is flexible enough to render any subject matter whether classic or contemporary.

Awards

1975 – The Saturday Evening Post National Cover Award 1996 – Society of Illustrators Award of Merit 2008 – Paint America Paint the Parks Competition – First Place 2010 – Paint America Mini Top 50 – Hugh Greer Jury Award

Client list

Robert has an extensive client list that includes Franklin Mint, Simon & Schuster, The Saturday Evening Post, IBM, Metropolitan Life, Ralston Purina, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, American Airlines, Nabisco and more.
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Illustration of Dog chasing cat with man hanging on
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Vintage art of Angelic being floating over staircase
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Art of man checking his house on hearing noises downstairs
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Ilustration of new sheriff holding weapons to keep the peace
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Illustration of outlaw leaning against a tree by Robert Gunn
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Illustration of young couple running along the beach
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Illustration of young girl doing a portrait of her favorite pet
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Full moon rising over desert landscape by Robert Gunn
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Ilustration of couple dancing at country hoedown
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Illustration of Grandpa walking his grand daughter to school with science project
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Illustration of preacher calling down the wrath of God on unrepentant sinners
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Young boy holding a fairy in his hand
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Boy in princely garb serenading the stars
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Illustration of exotic antique car
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Illustration of young boy jumping into pond being chased by dog
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Illustration of two boys racing downhill to see which one has the fastest
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Artwork of air circus and fly-over stunts
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American young couple lamenting the last day of Summer
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Illustration of skilled piano tuner tuning family piano by Robert Gunn
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Artwork of farming community among the verdant hills
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Art of Alien interaction on a planet far away
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Poster of model presenting a sweet glass of orange juice
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Illustration of Elves dancing around Santa playing a banjo
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Major Balou writing letter to his wife before he goes to battle
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Book cover of Cowboy trying to force himself on a woman
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Illustration of boy thinking about pirates and adventure
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Illustration of girl doing homework while talking on Phone
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Art of grandma's pies hot out of the oven to enjoy
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Illustration of Santa playing with toy train under tree
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Editorial illustration of Passengers in Ford tri-motor approaching over New York
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Art of Japanese family preparing for work and school
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Illustration of woman standing by pond
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