Robert William Head

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On Site Study – Brooks Range, Upper Marsh Fork, Canning River. Alkyd on canvas, 40 x 18 in, 1993

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On Site Study – From the River, Upper Marsh Fork, Canning River. Alkyd on canvas, 40 x 18 in, 1993

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On Site Study – Darleen’s Rocks, Upper Marsh Fork, Canning River. Alkyd on canvas, 40 x 18 in, 1993

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Marsh Fork, Canning River, Brooks Range. Alkyd on birch panel, 15 x 8 in, 1993-94

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Darleen’s Mountain, Upper Marsh Fork, Canning River. Alkyd on birch panel, 15 x 8 in, 1993

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Darleen’s Mountain II, Upper Marsh Fork, Canning River. Alkyd on birch panel, 15 x 8 in, 1994

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Requiem For Roger. Alkyd on canvas, 72 x 36 in, 1993

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Looking West at Roger’s Mountains – On Site Study – Lower Marsh Fork, Canning River. Alkyd on birch panel, 12 x 7 in, 1993

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On Site Study – Looking South, Lower Marsh Fork, Canning River. Alkyd on canvas, 40 x 18 in, 1994

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On Site Study – Looking East Across the River, Lower Marsh Fork, Canning River, Alkyd on canvas, 40 x 18 in, 1994

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Developed On Site Study, Looking North Into the Clouds, Lower Marsh Fork, Canning River. Alkyd on canvas, 40 x 18 in, 1994-95

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Wind Aided On Site Study – Near the Wheatear’s Nest – Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Alkyd on canvas, 40 x 18 in, 1996

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On Site Study – Wolf’s Ridge – Hula Hula River – Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Alkyd on canvas, 40 x 18 in, 1996

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Variation I – From On Site Study – Wolf’s Ridge – Hula Hula River – Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Alkyd on canvas, 72 x 36 in, 1996

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Variation II – From On Site Study – Wolf’s Ridge – Hula Hula River – Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Alkyd on canvas, 72 x 36 in, 1996-97

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Near the River – From On Site Study – Hula Hula River – ANWR Brooks Range. Oil on canvas, 40 x 18 in, 1996-98

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From On-Site Study (7/96) – Hulahula River, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Oil on birch panel, 15 x 8 in, 2003


Robert William Head lives in the woodlands of western Kentucky. He taught painting and drawing at Murray State University from 1965 until 1997.

His work has been shown in numerous one person and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Recent solo shows were held at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky; Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; Concord College, Athens, West Virginia; the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Doane College, Crete, Nebraska; Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green; and The Parthenon Museum, Nashville, Tennessee.
A native of Springfield, Illinois, Head received a Bachelor of Arts degree from MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois in 1963 and a M.F.A. degree from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, in 1965. He was designated Distinguished Professor at Murray State in 1981. He served as Chair of the Department of Arts for eleven years and is now Professor Emeritus.

Head was a visiting faculty member at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks in 1986 and also on the Semester-at-Sea program in 1970 and 1972. MacMurray College awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities in 1995.

The artist has traveled throughout Africa, Asia, Mexico and Canada. In the last few years he has spent much time painting in Alaska, frequently in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Brooks Range.


RECENT WORK

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Leaning Tree II…Big Creek. Oil on canvas, 6 x 5 ft, 2006

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Forked Tree – Late Summer – On Site Study. Oil on canvas, 24 x 32 in, 2006

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On Site Study – Old Maple at Waterfall. Oil on canvas, 23 x 25 in, 2006


Artwork ©1993-2018 by Robert William Head. Used with permission of the artist. Recent artwork photos by Barry Johnson.

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