Bob Ekelund is a Texas native who moved to Auburn, Alabama in 1977 and retired as Eminent Scholar in Economics in 2003. He has had a lifelong love of art, including painting, art collecting and art history. In the 1980s, Ekelund took up watercolor and began to create woodcuts and linocut prints. Although largely self-taught, he studied watercolor and drawing at Auburn. His painting interests include both still life and landscape in oil, pastel and water-based media. His subject matter takes inspiration from the post-Impressionist works of Cezanne and from the modernist landscapes of New Mexico. Annual treks to Taos, New Mexico have, in particular, been the subject of drawing and painting in all media. He has rendered the Spanish missions of Texas and the Southwest in a number of media and styles and is at work on drawings and paintings related to a lengthy European tour.
In 2001, 2002 and 2005 Ekelund had one-person shows in the Auburn area and he has exhibited in venues in Alabama and elsewhere. He is represented by the Rattling Gourd Gallery (www.rattlinggourdgallery.com) in Loachapoka, Alabama and the Carlisle gallery (www.carlislegallery.com) in Auburn. He is the author of The Persistence of Myth and Tragedy in Twentieth-Century Mexican Art (with Catherine Walsh) and is represented in private and public collections in the United States, Asia and the Middle East.