Rob Diebboll was born and raised in rural Michigan. His parents, a painter/potter and a weaver with an interest in art and American crafts, demonstrated art as a way of life. He migrated east to attend Bennington College and later settled in Massachusetts. His paintings reflect his surroundings, the environments where he has lived and traveled - the coast and islands of Massachusetts and Maine, the Adirondack Mountains and the Caribbean.

Rob primarily works outdoors. Composing as he goes, he begins with quick gestures, later fleshing them out from memory. Other paintings he ponders for years, singling out an iconic subject. He uses painting as a tool for seeing and understanding the relationship between objects in space. He exposes these relationships by omitting extraneous information and simplifying what he sees. Complex figures are reduced to simple shapes delineated by emboldened colors. Light is distilled to flattened planes and distance compressed by eliminating the horizon.

Over the years, both landscape and the figure have dominated the subject matter of Rob's paintings. He explores the subtle balance between a landscape holding people versus people inhabiting a landscape. By laying these two worlds side by side he gives each a new context. He defines a relationship between people and their environment, one individual and another, a person and their shadow, the viewer and the subject, or even two shapes or colors. With unobtrusive gestures Rob constructs a psychology. He may adjust the distance between figures, consider their scale within the landscape, or shift the curve of waves upon the sand to express serenity or tension, humor or gravity.

 
photography by kim diebboll

photography by kim diebboll

Chronology

1958               
Born Detroit, Michigan

1980              
BFA, Painting and Photography, Bennington College

1998-2003    
DeCordova Museum School

2001-2008    
Studio at ArtSpace Maynard

2008-2013    
Rob Diebboll Studio, private gallery, School St., Rockport, MA

2013               
Rob Diebboll Studio, Camborne Way, Rockport, MA

 

Select Exhibitions

2017               
Members Prize Show, juried, "Thacher Island and Long Beach", Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

2016               
seARTS at Bass Rocks, juried, "Long Beach Cottages", Gloucester, MA
By the Sea, solo show, Glen Urquhart School, Beverly Farms, MA
Red Biennial, juried, "Lifeguards", Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

2015               
seARTS at Bass Rocks, juried: second place, "Lifeguards", Gloucester, MA
National Prize Show, juried, "Tapestry", Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

2014              
seARTS at Bass Rocks, juried: second place, "Storm Surfers", Gloucester, MA
Cape Ann Artisans 2014 Studio Tour, Cape Ann, MA

2013              
Plenty, 13FOREST Gallery, Arlington, MA
seARTS at Bass Rocks, Gloucester, MA
National Prize Show, juried, "Enlightenment", Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
Cape Ann Artisans 2013 Studio Tour, Cape Ann, MA
Cape Ann Artisans at 30, "Storm Surfers", Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA

2012              
seARTS at Bass Rocks, juried: first place, "Winter Beach", Gloucester, MA

2011                
seARTS at Cape Ann Medical Center, Gloucester, MA

2010              
Northeast Prize Show, juried, "Early Spring", Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
seARTS at Bass Rocks, Gloucester, MA

2009              
Red, juried, "Red Flag", Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
Northeast Prize Show, juried, "Red Flag", Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

2008              
Blue, juried, "Fall Walk", Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
Members Juried I, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA

2007              
Coastal Paintings, Art and Architecture Gallery, Rockport, MA
Annual Group Exhibition, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
Within Range, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
Members Juried I, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA

2006              
Recent Work, Lincoln Library, Lincoln, MA
3 Artists, Carlisle Library, Carlisle, MA
Annual Group Exhibition, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
Members Juried I, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA

2005              
Water Views, Lincoln Library, Lincoln, MA
Annual Group Exhibition, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
3 Spaces, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA

2004
Small Works, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
Annual Group Exhibition, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA

2003              
Small Works, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
Annual Group Exhibition, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA

2002              
Small Works, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
Annual Group Exhibition, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA

2001              
Annual Group Exhibition, ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA
Juried Student Exhibition, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA