Bob Fowler

Modern Brutalist Metal Abstract Withered Tree Sculpture on a Wooden Base 1960s



Metal and wood


Modern abstract metal sculpture by Houston artist Bob Fowler. The work features a withering tree that has lost its leaves. The brutalist style perfectly captures the energy of the gnarled branches. Firmly attached to a natural wood base. The initials "RF" for Robert "Bob" Fowler are embossed in the top corner of the base.

Artist Biography

Robert (Bob) Knight Fowler, Jr. was born on January 28th, 1931, in Houston, TX. Bob was a celebrated artist and master sculptor. He began producing art at the age of nine, when he won a scholarship to the museum of fine arts in Houston. He attended St. Thomas High school, graduated and went on to University of Notre Dame where he received a BFA in 1954. He continued his education at Mexico City College on a Good Neighbor Fellowship until 1958, when he returned to Houston. In 1963 he began working as a full time sculptor. In 1966 he was the first American to win the first place in the International Exhibit of Sacred Art Trieste in Italy. Notably his landmark sculpture, African Elephant, 1982, greets visitors at the entrance to the Houston Zoo. His public pieces are displayed in such diverse settings as concert halls, (Jones Hall in Houston) universities, banks, and community centers. Bob Fowler passed away November 2, 2010.


H 7 in. x W 5.75 in. x D 5.25 in.