Play of Light and Shadow

Bob Tompkins,  New World Master of Old World Style

Albert Duckett Gallery, Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center

December 18, 2015 – February 20, 2016


Opening Reception Saturday, January 9

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Opening Night Reception Entertainment Provided by:

St. Martin High School Madrigal Singers

Directed by Kate Sawyer

Bob Tompkins patterned his style of painting after the Old Masters of the Baroque period using the technique known as chiaroscuro.  “Few things excite me more than the contrasting of light and dark,” he says. Following the tradition of the Dutch 17th century painters, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Terborch, he creates stunning examples of flowers and still life, and also paints wildlife, landscapes, and portraits primarily in oils. Recently he has begun to explore the pastel medium.

Besides his Masters Degree in Art Education, he travelled to Florida and Connecticut to study with Courney Hunte, Cleve Miller, and Robert Brackman.  In 1973 he won the Southeastern Art show in Panama City, Florida.  He was selected to have his work on the 1980 and 1988 MS. Duck stamp, was selected to be on the first MS. Wildlife Stamp/Print series in 1983, and has published and illustrated 4 outdoor books.

After a 35-year career teaching art in public schools, he retired and set up his own studio where he continues to teach around 50 adult students in Madison, MS. 



Upcoming Gallery Exhibitions...

March 1 - April 23, 2016 - Art by Mississippi Women, current works by members of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

May 3 - June 18, 2016 - Teen Art Show, art from Ocean Springs Schools








The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education    1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564    228.818.2878    228.818.2886 fax   info@themaryc.org