I grew up in a rural area of upstate New York that afforded me many years to explore the farms and woodlands surrounding our home and record my findings with pencil and paint. Later moving to the city of Rochester N Y, I discovered a whole other world of Universities, Museums, galleries, theater, libraries, and the like.
Upon graduating from Syracuse University with an MFA in painting, I taught in the Art schools of S U and RIT for a few years, followed by a freelance illustration career that financed my personal work in painting and printmaking.
Over the years I have worked in a wide range of mediums in both my commercial and personal work. In 2005 I closed my illustration studio in order to devote all my time to personal work. From that point on I have explored various directions in sculpture.
In 1995 my wife Sue and I moved to a rural area in the hills of Springwater N Y.
My main studio is located in a 19th century 2 story carriage house a few yards from the house. I am here 7 days a week often till 5 AM, as I prefer working the quiet hours.
I also have a wood shop and spray paint booth in the basement.
In the past year and a half I have also begun working in a larger scale and now have an additional work space in the barn.
Part 2 will cover the period from 2005 to the present.
Stop by Main Street Arts to see three of Bob Conge’s sculptures in our current exhibition, Small Works 2015. View more of his artwork at www.bobconge.com.
Take a look at our previous Inside the Artist’s Studio blog post by printmaker Robert Hunter.