Bob Gurney was born in Sydney in 1944 and resides at Camden, NSW. Drawing since early childhood, copying his favourite comic heroes & characters, and making his own private comic strips, he continued to draw portraits and the world around him.
After attending a Life Drawing and Lettering courses at East Sydney Technical College (now the National Art School) from the age of sixteen, he commenced occasional sign writing, drawing portraits, city and landscapes, and animals up to 1991 before finally taking up the brush. He then commenced portraiture and still life painting for several years in oils and acrylics under the tuition of Archibald and Doug Moran finalist Dave Thomas.
He has since been tutored by (whom he considers), some of the best and renowned Traditional and Representational Australian artists, and regularly attends workshops to learn the various mediums and continually hone his technical knowledge.Proficient in oils, acrylics, drawing and pen & wash; Bob’s work now consists mainly of land and seascapes, with occasional human and animal portraiture, in which he has developed a realist approach.
Bob is the Arts Coordinator, Vice President, and co-founder of the Macarthur Art Group (2006); a member of the Friends of Campbelltown Arts Centre (previously the Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery); Oatley 101 Society of Artists Inc., Liverpool Art Society, and was a major participant in the painting of Miss Llewella Davies OAM for the Camden Council Peoplescape project in 2001.
He has held a two-man exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery in Gallery Art Studios (Emily Cottage), Campbelltown; an eight-person exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre, and exhibits regularly in art exhibitions locally and nationwide.