Today’s art scene is one of particular interest to Bob Nall. Born in Los Angeles in 1949 and recently retired from Mattel Toys as head of their Package Design Groups for over 30 years, Bob is now devoting all his time to painting, his lifelong passion. He and his wife Catherine live in Manhattan Beach, a tiny beachside suburb of Los Angeles.
Bob has been an artist since he was a child, beginning when he was recognized by his teacher in the 5th grade, and celebrated by the PTA for creating a pen and watercolor study of an old Victorian house. This single event started Bob on his journey through art and design. What followed was a continual series of artistic successes that took him through every aspect of artistic training, from drawing, painting, sculpture, woodworking, architecture and finally commercial art for advertising. Along the way, he won several contests in high school for best posters in the LA school system, designed architectural renovations for homes in the LA area, started a graphic design business in college and generally engaged in many aspects of commercial art.
In 1976, Bob began what turned out to be a significant artistic adventure – he accepted a position at Mattel Toys as a Senior Art Director creating consumer goods packaging which included logo design, photo and illustration direction all the while utilizing his management skills in leading teams of designers and writers to establish proper package communications. Mattel turned out to be a good fit for Bob as he quickly rose through the ranks of design management eventually becoming Vice President of Mattel’s world-wide package design. Bob has been fortunate to work with many top ranked designers in the entertainment industry from around the world.
This brings us to the present and Bob is now painting vibrant impressionistic landscapes, still life’s and energetic abstracts. Hawaii and the South West have always been very inspirational to Bob for the light and texture of the regions. Artist’s that have inspired Bob and influenced his work are Monet, Van Gogh, Sargent, and contemporarily Wayne Thiebaud. These artists are recognized for their inventive use of color, bold compositions and dramatic techniques.
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