by Bob ‘Omar’ Tunnoch
October 5 to November 12
Opening Reception Thursday, October 5, 7-9 pm
Musician/songwriter/visual artist Bob “Omar” Tunnoch was born in Ottawa 1953. The natural world has been his life-long passion and is a constant source of inspiration for him. He puts his subjects in unusual situations to grab the viewer’s attention. When he’s captured their interest he wants them to question the subject matter and hopefully investigate the life form illustrated. The incredible organisms around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate and are worth saving. He feels our own existence is defined by and depends on what we live with and our relationship with them.
As a member of the SCA (Society of Canadian Artists),FCA (Federation of Canadian Artists), OSA ( Ontario Society of Artists ) his paintings can be found in private and public collections across North America and Bob was a featured artist in the 2014 publication “International Contemporary Artists”. His use of vibrant colors, attention to detail and his thought provoking subject matter are constantly met with the questions, “How did you think of that?” or “Where do you get your ideas from?”
As a two-time Juno award winning songwriter and twenty year founding member of the popular Canadian group FATHEAD, Bob is known in music circles for his unusual approach on the electric, fretless bass. His humorous and often out of the ordinary song writing has carried him to the finals three times and earned him two honorable mentions in the I.S.C. (International Song Writing Competition). Never limited to just one genre, his writing travels through many different musical styles and has landed him on stage with some of the world’s greatest legends. Bob has worked with Etta James, Paul Butterfield, John Lee Hooker, and Big Mama Thorton to name just a few.
His musical/visual creations are constantly evolving and are always a source of anticipation and interest to his audience. He now would like to focus on his painting career and combine his music and art into one coherent vision.