Rob Sullivan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Illustration and Foundation
Rob Sullivan's art stems from a long line of traditions that he is still slowly blending into an amalgam of his own. The 19th Century French Academics, the Brandywine Tradition and the Wyeths, the Hudson River School, the Golden Age illustrators, the Surrealists, the Ashcan School, the American Impressionists, and even comic art all factor into the scope of his work.
Developing his art with an early focus on illustration, Rob attended Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts in his native New York. Upon earning his BFA (1993), he embarked on a freelance illustration career for nearly a decade. Then, with his new, young family he came to Maine to explore more deeply his artistic passions and influences. Over the past twelve years, his work has been exhibited and collected by reputable galleries and institutions, corporations, and private individuals throughout New England and New York.
Now settled in Portland, Maine, Rob continues to explore not only the traditional beauty of the native landscape, but also more contemporary approaches in the studio with representational conceptual work. This has been catalyzed by his current engagement with his MFA work at the Art Institute of Boston (2012). You can currently find him in his Studio Berehaven on the West End, at the Maine College of Art teaching illustration, or perhaps someplace by the water's edge in front of an easel.
MFA, Studio art & Critical Theory, Art Institute of Boston/ Lesley College of Art & Design, 2012
BFA, School of Visual Arts, Illustration (Silas Rhodes Scholarship, Award for Outstanding Achievement)
Associate Degree, Pratt Institute, Illustration (Highest Honors)
Illlustration Faculty - Rob Sullivan