Bob Upton is a plein air oil painter who paints bring his easel outside and paints on location from life.
Bob has been an award winning graphic designer for 25 years. Along with his education in design, he studied drawing and painting in the academic style of Classical Realism. His training was on the figure, portraiture and still life. Recently he has been studying and painting landscape outdoors.
He has a love of realism, rooted in traditional oil painting. Formal academic training in drawing and painting, combined with the outdoor palette of the French Impressionists has been the foundation of his education.
Recently the love of outdoor landscape has consumed his painting. Painting directly from nature is what inspires his artwork. To “catch the day” in paint has been a goal.
College of Visual Arts – BFA, St. Paul, Minnesota
Atelier Lack, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Atelier, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Joseph Paquet Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
Quick Draw at the Bridge 2011, Zumbrota - 1st place
Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition 2011
Carmel Plein Air Festival- 2011
Carmel Plein Air Festival- Honorable Mention - 2010
Awarded the Hudson River Fellowship for Landscape Painting - 2010
Plein Air Easton - 2010
Plein Air Easton - 2009
Plein Air Easton - 2008
Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibtion, 2009
First place- Nocturne –
Grand Marais Art Colony Plein Air, 2008
First Place -Amateur Division -
Grand Marais Art Colony Plein Air, 2006
Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibtion, 2004
Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibtion, 2003
Outdoor Painters of Minnesota, A-Z Gallery, 2011
St. Paul Art Crawl, Fall 2010
Landscape Oil Painting Show, Frameworks Gallery, St. Paul 2009