Artist Robert Alvin Crum

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     Robert Crum is an Illinois native who began drawing and painting at a young age.  His Bachelor of Arts is from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. After living in Illinois, Ohio, and Iowa, Robert moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1989. In 1993, he was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant by the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, and the Arts & Science Council-Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc. In 2002, Mr. Crum moved his studio and home to downtown historic Salisbury, North Carolina, and in 2014, he established a studio in the heart of downtown Concord, North Carolina.
    He’s a full-time professional oil painter and muralist. He paints still lifes, portraits and figurative work using the same materials and methods used by the Old Masters. En plein-air landscape paintings are completed when he travels, and large landscapes are developed from these in his studio. He’s studied with a number of artists including painting with Tony Griffin in the North Carolina mountains and still life painting with Charles Kapsner of Little Falls, Minnesota. 
    Mr. Crum learned to work on a large scale when studying drawing, painting and fresco under fresco painter Ben Long.  Robert assisted Mr. Long on four of his frescoes completed in Statesville, Montreat and Charlotte, North  Carolina. 
    Robert began creating mosaics when requested to design and complete mosaics and murals that are located outdoors and on floors where the artwork is subject to the elements and high traffic. Mr. Crum has studied the art of mosaics with a number of American, Italian and Mexican mosaic artists. In May 2008, he also studied in Rome, Italy in the studio of Enzo Aiello, and in October 2008, he studied with Italian artist Giuseppe Semeraro in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
    Robert has created numerous large mosaics and mosaic murals in Arizona, North Carolina, South [...]

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