Robert Douglas Hunter, Boston School Artist

BOSTON, MASS. — Vose Galleries staff announced that after a long and illustrious career, their good friend and relative Robert Douglas Hunter died August 14. Bob, whose grandmother was Gertrude Vose, was coming into Vose Galleries as a student back in the 1940s when the gallery was at 559 Boylston Street, across from Trinity Church.

Four generations of the Vose family have been fortunate enough to work with and represent Bob over the years. “We remember fondly our many visits to his studio, filled with the diverse objects he placed so carefully in his compositions, and we feel honored to have been able to exhibit his paintings here at Vose Galleries since 2004,” the gallery said.

Born in 1928 in Dorchester, Mass., Bob studied studio art and graduated from the Vesper George School of Art in 1949. He went on to study with R.H. Ives Gammell from 1950 to 55, and spent the next 60 years painting and teaching in the Boston School tradition. He held studios at the Fenway Studios in Boston through the mid-1970s, in Needham, Mass., as well as out on Cape Cod in the 1980s, and has lived and painted out of his studio in Walpole for the past 19 years, with his wife Elizabeth Ives-Valsam Hunter. During that time they raised three children: Catherine Hunter Kashem, Nathaniel Vose Hunter and Dorothy Sachs Hunter. He was also a proud grandfather to Nikhil William Kashem.

Throughout his career, Bob won numerous awards and medals, including a citation from the governor of Massachusetts in recognition of his painting and his contribution to the education of youth. In 2001, a new naturally lit gallery at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, Mass., was named in his honor. In 2011, he received a lifetime achievement award in the arts by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. Bob was also a member of the Copley Society of Boston, the Guild of Boston Artists, the Provincetown Art Association and the Allied Artists of America. His work is hanging at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, next to his mentor R.H Ives Gammell and other notable Boston School artists.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Church of the Advent, Boston, or The Cape Cod Museum of Art.


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