His taste is Bitter Honey,
He's clever, and he's funny.
He paints macabre coquettes,
The artist Bob Doucette!
Distilling the Bob Doucette oeuvre into The Addams Family theme song is merely a silly homage to a serious genius. Said genius was on display during the evening of Saturday, February 23 at lovely A'muse Studios in Westlake Village, California for a solo event entitled Bitter Honey. Animation and fine artist Doucette, outfitted in Edwardian finery, held court as guests absorbed originals and limited editions on display.
Doucette's colorful, gilt-framed, acrylic masterpieces are amalgams of pop culture, theatre of the absurd, high art, history, and toys. Patrons at the recent one man show saw many two-dimensional images of females resembling Pullip (a contemporary Japanese vinyl collector phenomenon) and Blythe (Hasbro) dolls. Also present were signature Doucette caricatures of celebrities, such as Angela Lansbury (as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd) and Nat King Cole.
About the event, Doucette comments thus: "Seeing my paintings displayed with proper lighting and beautiful frames makes them feel like they are getting the respect I have always wanted for them; art to me is nothing without an audience."
Besides drawing and painting, Doucette's professional skill set includes sculpting, set designing, directing, and animating for all forms of media. He is an Annie Award nominee circa 2000 for television production design in Detention. Other notable animation credits include movies based on Zhu Zhu Pets and Bratz toy lines, plus the TV series Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, Road Rovers, Histeria! and Clifford's Puppy Days. His crew titles on the aforementioned vary from director to storyboard artist to multiple design roles, such as art director, background color designer, and character layout artist.
Doucette's docket will be on the road in the near future. From March 16-April 7, his work will appear in Not in Kansas Anymore: A Tribute to the Wizard of Oz at the Nucleus Gallery in Alhambra, California. In June, Galerie Daniel Maghen of Paris, France hosts Doucette's impressive inventory during The Movie Show: An Art Tribute to Cinema.