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Painter Robert Hurst is one of the top sports artists in the country. In addition to his sports themed artwork he creates vibrant music and western themed paintings. He also has a critter themed collection that has received wide acclaim.

Working with acrylic paints, Robert is able to create a feeling of dynamic movement. Using gestural sweeps of vibrant color he captures the essence of the people and subjects he commits to canvas.

Robert’s art education began at Stephen F. Austin University and North Harris County College in Texas, where he studied medical illustration (1978-1982). In 1983 he studied painting at The Art Institute of Houston. Mostly, however, Robert is self-taught.

Widely sought after by both corporations and private collectors, Robert's work is included in the notable collections of The Dallas Cowboys (NFL sports team), The University of Texas, the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore, The Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas, The National College Baseball Foundation, Rodeo Austin, and Maggie Mae's (an iconic Austin entertainment venue on historic Sixth Street), among many others.

Since 1997 Robert has been the Official Artist to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. He captures images of the museum’s inductees on canvas and in limited edition prints with brilliant hues and thoughtful brush strokes. From 2000 to 2010 Rodeo Austin (formerly known as The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo) commissioned Robert to create artwork that actively reflects its rodeo spirit. These images were widely used in Rodeo Austin’s annual media campaigns. In 2006 Robert was honored to become the Official Artist to the National College Baseball Hall of Fame and the Official Artist to Texas Heritage Songwriter's Association in 2011.

Robert’s artwork has been published extensively in numerous publications including, but not limited to, Celebrate Austin, Country Lifestyle magazine, Art Trends magazine, Sports Collectors Digest, Capital City Sports publication, the cover of New Texas magazine, and various Beckett sports publications. In November 2010 The Texas Country Reporter TV show debuted a feature on him, and more recently TexasVoices did an extensive interview with him in April 2019, to name just a few.

Robert Hurst's artwork can be found on his website at

Updated Jun 2020

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