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Chopping Block: Bob Dob

When we first meet Bob Dob at ComicCon this summer we instantly knew we had to figure out way to do a print on wood with him!  We immediately connected with this artwork and ended up buying his ComicCon exclusive, newest Mouseketeer Army figure from 3DRetro.  This Friday we are excited to release our first fine art wood print with Bob Dob called "California Here I Come" which first debuted at the Corey Helford group show, "Art Collector Starter Kit II" on August 30th, 2014.   In case you haven't had a chance to meet Bob, we figured we would share a quick interview we had with him a few weeks back.

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POW: Bob, your bio states you were once studying musical theory in college but decided to switch to art after having taken drawing and painting classes. What did art do for you that music just couldn’t?

Bob: I was playing in a Thrash/Punk band at the time and there wasn't much theory in that genre. Most of what was being taught in Music at El Camino College was theory. Now I appreciate the theory being any song or musical piece.

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Mouseketeer Army Vinyl Figures by Bob Dob - Mouseketeers Liberty & Devil LockMouseketeer Army figures by Bob Dob

POW: I like that you add a dark twist to otherwise safe themes in your pieces. Is this how you view the world around you?

Bob: I am rather morbid in my thinking, I think it's  a release for me to get it out in my artwork so I can be more positive on a daily basis. There's always a humorous spin in each work though.

Screen shot 2014-09-19 at 1.17.19 PMCalifornia Here I Come by Bob Dob

POW: Tell us a little bit more about your piece “California Here I Come”, which you will be releasing on wood this upcoming month. What was the inspiration for it?

Bob: I love California. It's a very diverse state. One of my favorite TV programs was hosted by a man named Huell Howser called California Gold and the theme song for it was "California Here I Come".  I put a punker playing a Ukulele riding a Grizzly Bear which has been killed off in California but it's on our state flag.  Trying to capture the diversity.

Screen shot 2014-09-19 at 1.22.38 PMBeer Head by Bob Dob

POW: I really love your use of clouds as a backdrop in your art. They remind me a lot of Rene Magritte’s work. What do the clouds in your imagery represent?

Bob: Rene Magritte has been an influence on my work, yes.  The clouds and blue skies represent hope in most of my work.  A sense that things are going to be OK.

POW: How has your upbringing and current life in Southern California inspired your creativity?

Bob: Growing up in Hermosa Beach is the reason I do what I do today.

image_paint_43Where Crows Dies by Bob Dob

POW: I notice a lot of you characters are tattooed and wearing Misfits t-shirts. Are there musical genres or even films, which influence you as an artist?

Bob: The Misfits were a big influence on my band as well as my paintings. Chinatown, LA Confidential are movies that I enjoyed and anything James Ellroy has written.

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Bob is a man of few words but holds great talent!  Thank you Bob for letting us pry a bit into your world.

For more information on Bob Dob, please visit: http://www.bobdob.com/