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Artist of the Year » 2020

John Kobald

The first edition of John Kobald’s bronze sculpture, “Hitchhikers,” was sold by Copley Fine Art Auctions on February 15, 2020, with all proceeds benefitting Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

Title Hitchhikers

Medium Bronze

About the Artist

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is pleased to recognize John Kobald as the 2020 Artist of the Year. Through bronze and wood sculptures, Kobald captures his discerning observations of wildlife and the environment.

“I met John about 15 years ago when he was a fishing guide and an exceptional carver of fish,” said Bill Legg, who serves on the BTT Board of Directors. “Not only did we catch lots of trout, but I am the proud owner of several of his works. John moved on to metal sculptures not long after we fished together and he has crafted beautiful likenesses of not only fresh and saltwater fish, but also of birds. John has been a great friend of BTT and I am thrilled that he is our Artist of the Year.”

Born in St. Charles, Illinois, in 1967, Kobald was taught by his parents at an early age to observe nature and translate it into an art form. He began creating under the guidance of his father Ray, a widely respected artist. Kobald received a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture from Northern Illinois University and went on to guide professionally in northwest Colorado.

“My experience as a fly-fishing and hunting guide gives me a unique relationship with the natural world and the people who share this passion,” said Kobald.

Kobald’s fascination with the dramatic presence of wildlife greatly influences his artwork. His travels throughout North and Central America and New Zealand have provided many research opportunities. Watercolor paintings express the varied environments of his travels, including the rivers of the Rocky Mountains, the colorful aquatic life of the oceans, and the moods of the changing seasons.

Commissioned artwork by Kobald is appreciated in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and New Zealand. He resides in northwest Colorado with his wife and two children.


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