Flute Player with Corn Row Hair
Bob Ragland (b. 1938, American)
found objects; mixed media includes metal, rubber and plastic
72 x 18 1/2 x 33 1/2 inches
Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1938, Ragland settled in Denver in 1959 and attended the Rocky Mountain School of Art. He later learned to weld at the Emily Griffith Opportunity School. Ragland got his first art job in the early 1960s working weekends for a freelance, commercial art shop at 18th and Gaylord. He works in many media and styles, but is best known for oil on masonite panels and found object sculpture, such as this musician. Ragland has worked as a TV personality, instructor and lecturer, and now devotes most of his time to making and promoting his artwork. Ragland refers to himself as a “non-starving artist,” and wrote two booklets on the subject in the 1980s, The Artist’s Question and Answer Book and The Artists' Survival Handbook: Or What to do Till You’re Rich and Famous. His home and studio are in Denver, Colorado.
ON VIEW in Sculpture Gallery 10
Signed "Bob Ragland 1990" on left side of flute
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art