Bob Timberlake Biography
Bob Timberlake Biography
Bob Timberlake is an internationally acclaimed realist painter and designer who makes his home in
Timberlake began painting as a young child but began his professional career in 1970. Although he received no formal art education or training, his work is best known for its intricate attention to color and detail. His depiction of the simple life in his native
Timberlake’s art career has been marked by consistent and resounding success. The first one-man exhibition of his work was held in 1970 at the Gallery of Contemporary Art (now SECCA) in
In 1995, Bob was honored by the North Carolina Museum of History in
Throughout his career, Bob Timberlake’s work has been featured in scores of magazines and newspapers including The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine, Art Voices/South, Midwest Art, Southwest Art, Today’s Art, Art World News, Southern Living, Southern Accents, Audubon, Acquire, Sporting Classics, Forests, NC Business, Our State, Reader’s Digest (only the second time an artist was featured in that publication), and almost all of the “shelter” magazines. Timberlake has released seven books: The Bob Timberlake Collection (with text by Charles Kuralt) in 1977, The World of Bob Timberlake in 1979, Somewhere in Time in 1989, Roots and Reflections in 1998, an autobiography, Partial to Home: A Memoir of the Heart in 1999 and a cookbook, The Seasonal Palette in 2000. The most recent publication, Bob Timberlake, Recipes from Home, was released in the fall of 2004.
Not content to confine his talents to a single medium, Bob Timberlake has designed four stamps for the US Postal Service. Bob was one of only a handful of artists to be asked to design a Christmas stamp and his work was featured on a very popular Seasons Greeting Christmas Stamp in 1980, both the North and South Carolina commemorative Statehood Stamps (1988, 1989), and the bi-centennial postcard for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993.
Timberlake has been honored by Presidents Carter and Reagan in the White House for his work with Keep America and NC Beautiful, Inc. and by Prince Charles in
Well known for his charitable endeavors, he has received numerous awards in recognition of his service to the Boy Scouts of America, the
In 1979, the artist was the honored recipient of the North Carolina Public Servant of the Year Award. Other humanitarian awards include The North Carolinian of the Year from the NC Press Association and the Silver Beaver, which is the highest Civilian honor awarded by the Boy Scouts of America.
Bob Timberlake received the American Forestry Lifetime Award for “Enhancing Public Appreciation of America’s Natural Resources through Art” in 1982. He is a lifetime member of the American Forestry Service.
In 1990, Timberlake launched a highly successful licensing company, Bob Timberlake, Inc., with The World of Bob Timberlake® collection of furniture. This collection revolutionized and brought excitement back into the industry by introducing the concept of branding a furniture collection according to a famous personality or lifestyle concept. The collection was recently named the most significant introduction of a line of furniture in the last 40 years and is the most successful in the history of furniture. The media touted his furniture as “The Antiques of the future”.
Since that initial offering, seven additional lines have been released: Old Salem in 1994, An Arts and Crafts Collection in 1998, Riverwood in 1999, Lodge in 2000, GrandKids in 2001 and Vintage Reserve in 2002. Bob Timberlake furniture has well passed the $1 billion mark in wholesale sales. Bob Timberlake has licensed products to over 20 leading manufacturers in many other areas including home textiles, home furnishing accessories, building products, and apparel.
Timberlake has been presented with several awards in the home furnishings industry as well including the top designer award for bed fashions from Cotton, Inc. in 1993 and the prestigious
In 1997, Timberlake introduced a collection of 24 home plans and licensed structural and fashion building components in order to create complete Bob Timberlake homes, built and furnished with Bob Timberlake products. The first Bob Timberlake show home was built in
He has helped, along with his talented folks, to create a magnificent Inn over looking
Also in 1997, Bob Timberlake opened a new 15,000 square foot retail facility at
In addition to the retail facilities, Bob Timberlake offers a comprehensive selection of gifts and accessories on its website, www.bobtimberlake.com This features a broad range of both Bob Timberlake licensed products and related products, which are offered through The Bob Timberlake Galleries. Bob Timberlake accessories, home textiles, apparel and more are available through a retail relationship at Bass Pro Shops throughout the
In December of 1999, Bob Timberlake held his eighth exhibition at Hammer Galleries in
The year 2005 marked the 35th Anniversary of Bob’s professional art career. In celebration of Bob’s 35th Anniversary and the 35th Anniversary of Piedmont Community College in
On January 19, 2006, Governor Mike Easley presented Bob Timberlake with the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” during a private ceremony at The Bob Timberlake Gallery. “Bob Timberlake is not only known in our state, but also around the world for his rural landscape paintings and award winning furniture designs,” Easley said. “The citizens of this state are truly proud and honored to have such a talented artist calling
An announcement was made on March 1, 2006 that The World of Bob Timberlake furniture,
In January 2007, Bob Timberlake celebrated his 70th birthday. To celebrate Bob’s birthday and legendary career, The Bob Timberlake Gallery in
The release of “Ella’s” marked a significant milestone in the production of Bob Timberlake’s artwork. In the spring of 2008, “Ella’s” was the very first limited-edition Timberlake reproduction to be produced entirely by the Giclée Printing Process. It offered Timberlake Collectors the very best and highest quality art reproductions available in the marketplace. Bob has for 40 years been the “milestone” of art reproduction, and his printers have won numerous National & State Awards.
On March 24, 2009, the North Carolina Department of Transportation dedicated a 4.8-mile section of I-85 from U.S. 64 to NC 8 as the Bob Timberlake Freeway, in honor of Bob Timberlake. Transportation Secretary Gene Conti officially named the highway at a ceremony presented at the Bob Timberlake Gallery in
Bob has been and is involved with many art and environmental issues and boards. He has raised funds for so many worthwhile projects from County & Volunteer Fire Departments to our NC Wildlife Habitat Foundation and many others. Bob has used his talents and art to raise many thousands of dollars for the Keep America & NC Beautiful and Green, Lions Clubs, Easter Seals, Cystic Fibrosis, Boy Scouts of America, Duke Cancer Research and Children’s Hospitals, Save the Hatteras Lighthouse, Salvation Army, and too many local and distinct worthwhile projects to list.
In celebration of Bob’s release of “Lighthouse Window,” Bob was present for a signing at the Woods Gallery on
In 2009, Bob’s staff at the Gallery and Bob Timberlake, Inc. donated products and volunteered time to make ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover” in Davidson County a “Resounding Success” for the Creasey family. “It brought our county and the area together”.
The Charity League of Lexington presented their fiftieth annual Holiday House Tour that featured the 200th Birthday Anniversary Celebration Tour of Bob Timberlake’s Studio. This historic property was open to the public for the first time as part of the organization’s largest fundraiser of 2009. Thousands attended and over $34,000 was raised for local charity. Bob’s studio was originally built by Henry Shoaf in 1809 and was located on Highway 64 just west of
Bob Timberlake, the artist/designer, is currently the chairman of Bob Timberlake, Inc., the licensing company that acts as manager and agent of the Bob Timberlake brand across two divisions: Bob Timberlake Licensing and The Bob Timberlake Gallery.
The year 2010 marked Bob’s fortieth year as a professional artist. He was also inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame.
2011 was a momentous year starting with two of the most respected families in furniture – Bob Timberlake and Hickory, NC based Century Furniture – teaming up to build upon the success of one of the longest running licenses in industry history in 2011.
Bob also partnered with Shaw Living to produce a collection of rug designs inspired by the classic Timberlake themes of everyday rural southern living.
Longleaf Collection brings Bob’s reflections of nature into the world of door hardware and bath accessories.
Timberlake and Dixie Seating Company teamed up to produce quality,
Bob, an avid pet lover, partnered with Plantation Dog Foods, to launch Bob Timberlake Signature Series Super-Premium Dog Food.
Bob’s 75th Birthday Celebration began in January of 2012. The Celebration showcased Seven Decades of Art, from the 1940’s to 2012 of original artwork. The show began at
“Timberlake’s” Restaurant opened in July at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, NC.
Bob’s latest book: LIFE’S LESSONS: Lines of Wisdom from a Faithful Stream. Two men, Bob Timberlake and Ambassador Mark Erwin, both collectors of aphorisms, tales, and inspirational quotations for many years, collaborated on this book to share their favorite lines of wisdom from sources as diverse as Grandma Moses and Billy Graham, George Carlin and a Bermudian taxi driver. Over sixty Timberlake paintings accompany the quotations.
2013 - Bob Timberlake and the Timberlake family celebrate 100 years in home furnishings. Bob’s grandfather founded and later incorporated Piedmont Furniture Company in 1913.
This year marks Bob’s 45th year at High Point Furniture Market.
For more information on Bob Timberlake, please contact The Bob Timberlake Gallery,