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Robert “Bob” Annesley

On Feb. 11, 1943, Bob Annesley was born in Norman, OK and currently lives in Houston, TX.  A poet, graphic artist, sculptor, painter and Indian historian, Bob is a member of the Cherokee tribe.  Bob attended the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University.  Bob works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, pen & ink, pastel, goldpoint, silverpoint, bronze, terra-cotta and encaustic mixed-media.  Bob won his first award for painting at 14 and had his first solo show at 18.
Bob became a full time artist in 1973, and is a master at such unusual media as goldpoint and silverpoint drawing, using 24 karat gold and pure silver.  Bob has mastered encaustic mixed-media, an exacting technical process using beeswax interspersed with painting media to set the colors.  The artwork is then finally baked in an oven.
Bob has had solo exhibits at the Cherokee National Museum and the Southern Plains Indian Museum and Craft Center.  Bob has exhibited extensively and won numerous awards at the Five Civilized Tribes Museum Competitive & Masters shows, the Heard Museum, the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonials, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Los Angeles American Arts Exhibition, the Native American Center for the Living Arts, the Oakland American Indian Show, the Philbrook Art Center, the Red Earth Festival, the Santa Fe Festival of the Arts, the Scottsdale National Indian Art Exhibition, the Tri-West Indian Art Show and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.
In 1981, Bob was awarded the Distinguished Native American Award by Oklahoma City University.  In 1986, Bob was designated a Master Artist by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum.  Bob also designed one side of the Texas Bicentennial Coin for the Franklin Mint.
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