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Artists Among Us: Bob Tabor

Originally Posted: July 07, 2010

Equine Image #64. (All images courtesy of artist)

East Hampton - Continuing with our artist profiles of artists both living and working in the Hamptons, our next artist is Bob Tabor, who lives in East Hampton.

Artist Bob Tabor. (James Salzano)

Bob Tabor is a creative director and photographer who made his name with large-scale prints of his equestrian work and his earlier stunning landscape and seascape "portraits" of the East End of Long Island. Having studied Communications and Graphic Design at The School of Visual Arts in New York City, and upon graduation Tabor started his career in the Advertising agency world. He states "I have worked over the last four decades with the most creative print photographers and film directors developing award winning advertising campaigns."

Tabor elaborates "Having a close personal working relationship with the artists around me, I observed what they were looking for, and added that to my own design sense in a collaborative effort. I polished my own style. I do not name my images,
instead I title them by series number. The reason is I want the people that buy the photograph to have the freedom to personalize the image and relate to it in their own manner."

Vineyard Series #1.

His horse photographs reflect a unique intimacy never before captured by the camera. Each portrait combines the inner strength, spirit and gentle power of nature's most beautiful athlete.

His exclusive use of natural light and his strong graphic background allow his landscapes to capture a magical intimacy. He gives the environment a voice and lets it speak for itself. Each portrait combines the inner strength, spirit and gentle power of nature.

"I believe my photo images capture a deep thought provoking feeling in a graphic presentation. I want the viewer to stop and 'think' what the image is saying every time they look at it."

Equine Image #69.

Tabor's horse photos are currently showcased in Polo Ralph Lauren Home showrooms as well as Polo Ralph Lauren retail stores on four continents. His work is in private collections and galleries across the United States.

His unique slant on the equine essence illuminates every muscle, every sinew, every hair. Only natural light is used, as he insists on meeting his subjects on their own terms. They, in turn, allow him to capture their very soul.

When did you start making art and what medium(s) do you consider to be your roots in art?

Bob Tabor: My interest in creating art started when I was a toddler using the mediums of crayons and collage. I was able to express myself in the complex adult world that engulfed me.

Equine Image #71.

What is it about the Hamptons that brought you here and enticed you to stay, work, and pursue your art here as opposed to some place else?

BT: The light, the light, the light, and the peaceful sound of silence.

How do you support yourself as an artist?

BT: I started out with a successful career in advertising/design. I can say that I am fortunate enough to be selling my photo equine images at a brisk rate to collectors.

Vineyard Series #5.

Why live and work in the Hamptons as opposed to elsewhere?

BT: I am inspired with everything around me. I love everything I see and want to share it in my art, with others.

What local environmental or historical aspects of the Hamptons do you relate to that may be reflected in your medium?

BT: The natural beauty - the surrounds, the atmosphere, light, nature, wildlife, cleanliness and over all, the relaxed personality of the people of the Hamptons.

Equine Series #102.

What artists do you feel have influenced you and your work?

BT: David Hockney, Chuck Close, de Kooning, Pollack, and Picasso.

What advice would you give an emerging artist?

BT: Be true to yourself. Do what you like. Create your own signature in your work.

What gives you an edge (if any)?

BT: The love of the little things - to see deeper through the surface of my subject matter and present it in a strickingly graphic manner.

Vineyard Series #12.

What are you working on now, and are you involved in any upcoming shows or exhibitions?

BT: I am presently working on the finishing touches of my soon to be published book "Horse Whisperings" to be out in late August/September. All of my proceeds from the book will go to charities that are involved with autistic children. On Saturday, July 24 I will have a showing of my new equine images at Mecox Gardens in East Hampton, and my work is sold in all eight Mecox locations.

To view more of Tabor's images go to www.bobtaborimages.com, or call 917-715-9351, or or email at bobtaborimages@gmail.com. Tabor is also available by private commission.

Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.

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