Robert Bean: Artist - Illustrator - Storyteller - Teacher





I started slinging stories on canvas and paper professionally in 1998, but I've been creating visual narratives since I first discovered the pulpy pages of comic books around age 8. I love to find an image in every story and a story in every image.





Above: Twinkling Throne, Acrylic and Collage on Matboard, 10" x 8", 2019


Born and raised in Arkansas, Robert has decades of experience creating narrative images in a variety of media. Most fond of ink and paint, Robert loves to create bold images that incorporate text and visual elements together. He developed his skills at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he received a degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Drawing. Robert is also a graduate of the ArtistInc program and currently serves as the Department Chair of Painting and Drawing at the Museum School of the Arkansas Arts Center. He resides in Little Rock, still slinging stories on canvas and paper.


Selected Solo Exhibitions


2017 Personal Spaces installation of wall drawings, Arkansas Arts Center,
Little Rock, AR

2014 Strangers Now and Then, Mugs Café, North Little Rock, AR

2013 Hoping to Sleep for Magnolia Laden Dreams, East Arkansas Community College, Forrest City, AR

2013 Strange Lenders, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR

2011 Storylines: From Past to Present, North Central College, Napierville, IL

2011 Can't Even Whisper: Stories of Love and Loss, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

2010 Silence is Never as Golden as When It's Gray, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY


Selected Group Exhibitions


2019 Swim at Your Own Risk, with Diane Harper, ACANSA Gallery, North Little Rock, AR

2019 Ultraviolet, Gallery 360, Little Rock, AR

2018 You Are Not Alone, with Diane Harper, Gallery 26, Little Rock, AR

2017 Modern Ink, Butler Center Galleries, Little Rock, AR

2017 Nightflyers, with Greg Lahti, Mugs Café, North Little Rock, AR

2016 B-Sides, with Michael Warrick, Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, Little Rock, AR


Selected Juried Shows


2019 Drawn, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO (Honorable Mention Award)

2012 SAAC Annual Juried Art Show, South Arkansas Arts Center, El Dorado, AR


Selected Publications


2019 Art Beat: Harper and Bean Simpatico at ACANSA Show, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, by Ellis Widner

2018 Poetry the Impetus for 'Spaces' Exhibit, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, by Ellis Widner

2016 Artists in Residence, AMP The Power of Business

2012 Strengthen Your Art Sales, Professional Artist Magazine (artwork featured)