Artist Oliver J. Corbett.
One of our goals of this blog is to introduce our readers to talented listed artists from the Ozarks. One of our favorite artists is Oliver J. Corbett. Our connection with Mr. Corbett began in 1954, when Robertson Gallery held an exhibition of 38 pieces of his artwork. Philip’s dad, F. Gordon Robertson, did a fine job of hosting area talent at the gallery in the early years.
Oliver Corbett was born in Springfield Ohio in 1886. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Philadelphia School of Industrial Arts. One of his mentors, John Eliot Jenkins had learned from the master, Claude Monet. Oliver was a painter and a muralist. He made his home in Springfield Mo in 1921 and had several “one-man” shows, including ones at the Springfield Art Museum. One of his paintings was presented to President Harry S. Truman during his visit to Springfield Mo in 1952. He was instrumental in the formation of the Ozarks Artists Association. He served as tutor, mentor and teacher to many artists in the area.
He is best known for his oil paintings of the Ozarks landscapes; features often included trees, rivers, hillsides and barns. He captured the outdoors and woodlands with color and light.
He passed away in 1969. Some internet sites list his death in 1947, which is incorrect. In fact, this photo of him was taken in 1953 and a Springfield News Leader article features a photo of him in 1954.