Bob Blue (1924 – 2008)
Bob Blue was born as a native New Englander, and a “plein aire” painter in oils, whose subjects range from the seas and other harbor scenes to the mountains and villages of Vermont and Maine. His work as a Cape Ann artist is expressed in strong, vibrant colors that are realized through his on-site painting.
Bob Blue is a graduate of the Vesper George School of Art, where he received his formal training. The study of painting technique and interpreting color he owes to his close friendship with Emile Gruppe, the friendship lasting over thirty years until Gruppe’s death in 1978.
As a young man Bob was employed during World War II at MIT’s Draper Lab in Cambridge and enjoyed his affiliation with Doc Edgerton, a pioneer in radar at the time. He joined the publication department of the Jackson and Moreland Engineers in Boston as an illustrator, for twenty-eight years, preparing scientific illustrations for technical journals. During that period with a top secret clearance, he completed the first illustrations of the Nautilus submarine in 1968, for which he won the top prize for illustrators in the Northeast at a presentation at the Museum of Science. Following several years with his own company, Bob later joined the GTE Communications Systems Division and created advertisements for technical journals, among them the Army’s Signal and the Navy’s Sea Power magazines.
He as a member of the North Shore Arts Association, the Rockport Art Association, the Copley Society of Boston, and the Hudson Valley Art Association, where he won many awards and medals. Bob Blue has acquired an enthusiastic following of his work.
The painting, “Seafarer’s Friend”, is the Eastern Point Lighthouse, located on Eastern Point, Gloucester, MA.