Omar K. Bone (New Jersey, 1930) is a painter and silversmith currently residing in Savannah, GA, and was born in Mahwah, New Jersey. His work requires a second glance to perceive the erotic content it embodies. His oil paintings are vibrant in color and the figures are abstracted, and his silver works breathe sex and vitality
I first met Omar K Bone when I first came to Savannah, and he embraces SCAD students with welcome arms. He adopts us “surrogate” kids as if we were his own and takes us under his artistic wings. Throughout my journey at SCAD, he has given my friends and myself valuable knowledge about the art world, school, and life in general.
Once you get to know him, his home is always open. It’s furnished with antique furniture from his travels, paintings from his friends, and the delicious smell of something cooking in the kitchen. He has always been generous without apprehension, and can be cunning and wise in the same moment. Omar lives and creates like he always has done, like in Europe, as he would say. His studio is filled with paintings of Picasso-like women sensually touching themselves, soldering tools, and the signature smell of turpentine.
Omar first started painting in Paris in 1967, when he was 41 years old. His artist friend Vincent Haddelsey invited him to draw a park square that a wealthy woman overlooked from her apartment. Vincent saw that he could draw so he gave Omar all of his old oil paints and canvas.
“I am like a farmer because I farming life.” – Omar K Bone
Omar also liked to discuss what is happening currently, such as how life for the “young kids”, is becoming harder and harder. He touches on how life with an education is becoming more difficult as more people are being accepting into colleges in the United States. He also elaborates on how politicians are ripping off people, and how corrupt the current system is. His observations of society today are what most of us perceive the world to be, yet are too scared to admit.
“Money talks, bullshit walks.” – Omar K Bone
Omar K Bone’s first exhibition was in London, for his silver jewelry works. Observing Omar reminisce his time in London was wonderful, he lives and breathes the European way. He also has an interesting way of viewing life. He perceives every moment as if his eyes are video cameras, cutting from one scene to the next. Perhaps his unique way of viewing day to day life has transferred to his paintings, such as in Yalonda.
In the future, Omar wants to exhibit his body of modern erotica paintings at a gallery in Savannah, and he continues to make fabulous erotic silver and gold rings, earrings, belt buckles, cuff links and much more. He continuously strives to teach without a classroom, and will always be a true friend.
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