Sunday, June 24, 2018

Robert Rucker

One of the great artists to live in St. Tammany Parish, and Abita Springs in particular, was Robert Rucker. Twenty-four years ago, in 1994, the Louisiana Public Broadcasting interviewed him about his work, his love of Louisiana, and his hometown of Abita Springs. 



In the interview, he reveals what motivated him to paint Louisiana scenes and try to capture that Louisiana spirit. Here is a link to the "Louisiana Legends" video of that interview. 

Video Link

http://ladigitalmedia.org/video_v2/asset-detail/LLOLG-1011

After you click on the above link and go to the new page, scroll down a bit and click on the play triangle in the center of the screen. 

Three years later, in 1997, he was honored at the Louisiana Legends Gala Banquet.

 CLICK HERE for a link to that presentation. 

After you click on the above link and go to the new page, scroll down a bit and click on the play triangle in the center of the screen.

The Louisiana Legends Awards Gala is a special annual event hosted by Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting that honors Louisiana residents who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines and have brought honor to the state. The Louisiana Legends series highlights outstanding Louisianans who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines including writing, art, entertainment, politics, public service and athletics. 

I worked with Robert Rucker in the mid-1980's when he was commissioned to do a painting for the Covington chamber of commerce for the cover of their annual magazine. As editor of that magazine, I was putting together the photography and articles for the inside, and Rucker was creating a painting of the front gate of Bogue Falaya Park. Click on the image to make it larger.


Prints were also being made of the painting for the chamber to sell as a fund-raiser, and when it came time to do the "signing and numbering" of the prints, I did the numbering while he did the signing.  He was great to work with and his art has definitely made Louisiana a better place since it encapsulates and memorializes Louisiana life, especially the riverboats and New Orleans music scene.  

Click on the article below to make it larger and more readable. 



See also:

Wikipedia Article about Robert Rucker

Other "Louisiana Legends" have included Justin Wilson and Rolland Golden.