Painter Robert Hurst is one of the top sports artists in the country. In addition to his sports themed artwork he creates vibrant music and western themed paintings. He also recently started a critter themed collection that has received wide acclaim. Working with acrylic paints, Robert is able to create a feeling of dynamic movement. Using gestural sweeps of vibrant color he captures the essence of the people and subjects he commits to canvas.
Robert’s art education began at Stephen F. Austin University and North Harris County College in Texas (1978-1982) where he studied medical illustration. In 1983 he studied painting at The Art Institute of Houston. Mostly, however, Robert is self-taught.
Widely sought after by both corporations and private collectors, Robert's work is included in the notable collections of The Dallas Cowboys (NFL sports team), The University of Texas, the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore, The Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas, The National College Baseball Foundation, The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, and Maggie Mae's an iconic Austin entertainment venue on historic Sixth Street, among many others.
Since 1997 Robert has been the official artist to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, capturing images of the museum’s inductees on canvas and in limited edition prints with brilliant hues and thoughtful brush strokes. From 2000 to 2010 the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo (AKA Rodeo Austin) commissioned Robert to create artwork that actively reflects its western spirit. These images were used extensively in Rodeo Austin’s annual media campaigns. The New Orleans Saints football organization chose Robert’s image to build excitement for, and publicize, their 1999-2000 season. The Baltimore Orioles honored Robert when they commissioned him to create a large work of art that now hangs in the reception area of Camden Yards Ballpark. In 2006 Robert became the Official Artist to the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. And in 2011 Robert was honored to become the artist for the Texas Heritage Songwriter's Association.
Robert’s artwork has been published extensively in numerous publications including, but not limited to, Celebrate Austin, Country Lifestyle magazine, Art Trends magazine, Sports Collectors Digest, Capital City Sports publication, the cover of New Texas magazine, and various Beckett sports publications. In November 2010 The Texas Country Reporter TV show debuted a feature on him.
Respected galleries around the country represent Hurst and his exciting and sought-after art. His artwork can also be found on his websites at aDamnFineArtist.com and DamnFineCritterArt.com.
Updated January 2016