Bob F. Kuhn, an American Realist-Impressionist painter of animals, was born in Buffalo, New York in 1920. Kuhn was intrigued by animals from the time of his childhood, observing and drawing animals at the Buffalo Zoo. In 1937, he studied design, anatomy, and life-drawing at the Pratt Institute in New York City.
From 1940 to 1970, Bob Kuhn worked steadily as an illustrator for such outdoor magazines as Field and Stream, True and Outdoor Life. He also illustrated books and advertisements, and in 1964 he began painting for the Remington Arms Company Game Art Calendar. During this period, he served as a merchant seaman in World War II for a year and a half.
Bob Kuhn turned exclusively to easel painting of wildlife in 1970. He painted simple backgrounds with horizontal bands of color and light, capturing particular movements and personalities of wild animals. His works are in the permanent collections of many museums, including the National Museum of Wildlife Art. His work has won prestigious awards, including the 1991 Prix de West awarded by the Academy of Western Art for his painting Lair of the Cat. Kuhn was influenced by Paul Bransom, and has studied animals on location all over North American and Africa.
Bob Kuhn died in Tucson, Arizona on October 1, 2007.
Video – Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct by the National Museum of Wildlife