His joyous vision is supported by his sweeping brush strokes that are full of color and atmosphere.
— Will Barnet
His color sings, sometimes shouts, and practically all but dances off the wall.
— Richard J. Boyle
I am permanently indebted to you for all the gaiety you have brought to our house.
— Audrey Hepburn

Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1939, Kane spent a short time at Cornell University and then found his way to the artists’ colony at Provincetown, Massachusetts in the summer of 1956. In the fall of that year, the aspiring artist discovered the classes of Will Barnet at the Art Students League in New York City. Barnet, a widely respected and long-time artist-teacher, was the single most important influence in Kane’s career. “The first time I saw Bob Kane’s work,” Barnet wrote, “I recognized his unique talent. His painting had an energy and an explosive force.” From Barnet, Kane learned structure and control of space, developing his characteristic use of large, flattened planes of expressive color.

Sense of place was an important part of his work, and other than Provincetown, where he spent many summers, he also repeatedly returned to Italy and France. The Mediterranean inspired many paintings that capture the colorful breeziness and festivity of the coastal towns like Positano, Nice, and Menton.

Bob Kane had many solo exhibitions throughout his long career. He exhibited in New York at Bertha Schaefer Gallery and Hollis Taggart, in Los Angeles at Ankrum Gallery, in Florida at Harmon-Meek Gallery, in France at the Musée de St. Paul de Vence, and in Toyko at the American Embassy, among many others. He enjoyed relationships with many interesting figures who collected his work, including actors Audrey Hepburn, Al Pacino, Leonard Nimoy, and Mary Tyler Moore; and major collectors such as Edward Broida and Olga Hirshhorn. His works are included in more than thirty museum permanent collections. Recent inclusions were in 2011 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in 2012 at the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida.



There are currently over 540 works remaining in the estate inventory, including 300+ paintings, 200+ watercolors, and 4 lithographs that have 20-50 available prints in each series. Approximately 300 of these pieces are in Naples, Florida and 200 are in storage in New York, New York. Bob Kane’s work has continued to have consistent sales since his death in 2013. Because of the recent death of his wife Eva, the artworks have been held off the market until her estate was resolved. Now that the estate has been settled, Bob’s work can once again be offered to galleries and collectors on the open market.