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ROBERT K. ROARK BIOGRAPHY
​Robert Beverly Hale and many others. Mr. Roark’s goal was to become as accomplished as possible in a wide variety of artistic approaches and philosophies. Eventually, Mr. Roark began to divide his time between New York and Provincetown, MA where he studied light and color theory with Henry Hensche at the Cape School of Art. This diverse education in artistic techniques, color and approaches afforded Mr. Roark a unique perspective which allowed him to develop his own distinctive style of realism.

Throughout his career Mr. Roark has won national recognition and many honors, awards and accolades for his luminous paintings, widely diverse subject matter and artistic technique. Mr. Julian Baird of Tree’s Place described Mr. Roark’s paintings as “a mastery of reflected light” and his interior scenes have elicited references to Vermeer, “while still modern and completely Mr. Roark’s own in style and subject.”
Robert K. Roark was born in Laurel, MS in 1944. He has had a long and storied career in the Fine Arts, beginning formally at age 16, when he received his first portrait commission.

At 21, after college studies and serving in the Army, Mr. Roark began his formal studies at the Art Students League of New York and the National Academy under such  noted   masters  as  William  Draper,

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CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION / MEMBERSHIPS
• Art Students League, 1970-1976, New York, NY
  Teachers: William Draper, Daniel Green, Frank Mason, Robert Brackman, Robert Beverly Hale
• National Academy of Design, 1970, New York, NY
  Teachers: Daniel Green
• Cape Cod School of Art, 1977, Provincetown, MA
 Teachers: Henry Hensche
• International Guild of Realism, 2006-2007

TEACHING / JUROR / TALKS

• Teaching Assistant, 1970- 1976: Art Students League
• Guest Teacher, 1989- Present: 
      Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA
      Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
      Creative Art Center, Chatham, MA
      Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
• Workshops, 2005-Present:
      Guild of Harwich Artists, Harwich, MA
      Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA
      Falmouth Artists Guild, Falmouth, MA
      Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
• Faculty, 2010-2013: Falmouth Artists Guild, Falmouth, MA
• Faculty, 2009-2013: Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
• Faculty, 2012- Present: Guyer Barn, Hyannis, MA
• Private Instruction: 1990 – Present, Brewster, MA
• Juror, Leo Diehl Exhibition, Creative Art Center, Chatham, MA
• Juror, Members Exhibition, Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA
• Juror, Members Exhibition, Falmouth Artist Guild, Falmouth, MA
• Mastering Light and Shade Talk, Cape Museum of Art, 2001
• The Art of Realism Talk, Winstanley Roark Fine Arts, 2008
• Classical Realism Talk, Simie Maryles Gallery, 2014

AWARDS / SCHOLARSHIPS

• Ford Foundation Scholarship, 1970
• Kunyoshi Memorial Scholarship, 1971
• Bee Paper Award, 1972
• National Pastel Show – 1st Place, 1973 & 1974
• National Arts Club – 1st Place, 1974
• National Pastel Show – Best of Show, 1975
• Salmagundi Club – 1st Place, 1975
• Ybor City Show – 1st Place, 1980
• Montana Miniature Show – 1st Place, 1982
• Montana Miniature Show – Best of Show, 1983, 1984 & 1985
• Leo Diehl Exhibition – Best of Show, 1992

SOLO AND MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

• Mastering Light and Shade, 2001-2002, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
• Pops by the Sea Featured Artist, 2001, sponsored by Arts Foundation of Cape Cod
• One Man Exhibition, yearly from 1987-1994, Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA
• One Man Exhibition, yearly from 1995-2010, Winstanley-Roark Fine Arts, Brewster & Dennis, MA
• Featured Artists, 2009, National Marine Life Center
• One Man Exhibition, yearly from 2011-present, Simie Maryles Gallery, Provincetown, MA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 1970 - 2015

• National Arts Club, New York, NY
• Wickersham Gallery, New York, NY
• Fox Gallery, New York, NY
• Flynn Gallery, New York, NY
• Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
• Greenwich Village Outdoor Art Exhibition, New York, NY
• Macler Gallery, Sarasota, FL
• Robert Paul Galleries, Stowe, VT
• Meghan Candler Gallery, Vero Beach, FL
• Tennyson Gallery Metamorphosis, Provincetown, MA
• Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA
• Simie Maryles Gallery, Provincetown, MA
• Winstanley-Roark Fine Arts, Brewster & Dennis, MA
• Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, Cahoon Museum, Cotuit, MA
• Wet Art / Silent Art, Cape Cod Museum of Arts, Dennis, MA
• Gala Art Auction, Cape Cod Museum of Arts, Dennis, MA
• Meghan Candler Gallery, Vero Beach, FL
• Montana Miniature Society Traveling Museum Exhibition – including Smithsonian Museum
• Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
• The International Guild of Realism: 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Scottsdale Fine Art, AZ 
• First Things First, Hosted by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Cotuit Center for the Arts
• ROYGBN, Hosted by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Cotuit Center for the Arts
• The Lone Figure and the Landscape, Cahoon Museum, Cotuit, MA
• Self-Portraits, Hosted by Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Cotuit Center for the Arts
• So Big, Hosted by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Cotuit Center for the Arts
• Boston's Battered Women Clinic, Copley Society, Boston, MA
• International Guild of Realism Trump l’oeil Exhibition, Winstanley-Roark Fine Arts, Dennis, MA
• International Guild of Realism Exhibition, Winstanley-Roark Fine Arts, Dennis, MA
• Creating Ones Own Reality, Winstanley Roark Fine Arts, Dennis, MA
• Two Person Exhibition, Cultural Center, Yarmouth, MA
• Images of Land and Sea, Addison Gallery, Orleans, MA
• Art for the Seas, Briarwood Conference Center, Monument Beach, MA
• Art on the Walls Works, Barnstable Town Hall, Barnstable, MA
• Priceless Pieces, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

COLLECTIONS / COMMISSIONS

• Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA, Permanent Collection
• Cahoon Museum of Art, Cotuit, MA, Permanent Collection, 
• Hirschhorn Museum, Washington, DC, Private Permanent Collection of Joseph Hirschhorn
• Hotel Pierre, New York, NY, Foyer to Grand Ball Room, 
• Maxim’s de Paris Hotel with exclusive agreement with Pierre Cardin, Palm Springs, CA
• Multiple national and international private commissions and collections:
  portraiture, landscape, figurative, still life, marine and fantasy

PRINTED MEDIA: 1980 - 2014

• Cape Cod Life Magazine, Multiple Featured Articles 
• Cape Cod Times, Multiple Featured Articles 
• Cape Cod Antiques and Arts Magazine, Multiple Featured Articles 
• Cape Art Review, Multiple Featured Articles
• Barnstable Patriot, Multiple Featured Articles
• American Art Review, “Realism Takes Center Stage in Cape Cod” and “The Art Lovers Guide to
  Collecting Fine Art in Cape Cod” 
• Provincetown Magazine, “Seeing the Light”
• Contemporary Cape Cod Artist: Images of Land and Sea, by Deborah Forman, Featured Artist
• Painting Impressionist Color, by Lois Griffel, Referenced Artist
• Royal Palace at Memphis, Cover Artist for album
• Cape Cod Antique and Arts, Featured Article

INTERNET / RADIO/ TELIVISION 

• WOMR, Provincetown, MA, Featured Guest Artist, 1998 
• Artistic Forum, Streaming Featured Guest Artist, 1999
• Artistic Forum, Unframed View, 2000
• Artistic Forum, Chiaroscuro, or Near Vermeer: Robert K. Roark on Mastering Light and Shade, 2001
• Artistic Forum, Robert K. Roark: Capturing the Mood, 2002
• Artistic Forum, Profile of an Artist: Robert K. Roark, 2002 
• Artistic Forum, Contributing Writer, 1999 - 2003 
• The Chronicle, Channel 5 TV, Featured Artist, 2003

CURRENT GALLERIES

• Simie Maryles Gallery, 436 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657
• Robert Paul Galleries, 394 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672
• Meghan Candler Gallery, Village Shops, 6160 Highway A-1-A, Vero Beach, FL 32963
• Chatham Fine Arts, 492 Main Street, Chatham, MA

We invite you to visit the discerning fine art galleries  representing Bob's latest original works of art. 

Bob offers private and group lessons. New group classes will be starting soon. For private art instruction, please contact Bob directly.  

Select images by Mr. Roark's are available as a limited edition giclées.  Unless noted all art work is for sale.  For more information please Contact Bob with any questions or to schedule a private viewing. Be sure to include your name, email address and which image you are interested in.  Bob will contact you within the week.  If you prefer you can also call Bob directly at 508-385-7534.