The primary Bob Ross portray from the PBS present is on sale for $10 million

By | September 21, 2023

MINNEAPOLIS — Bob Ross, the artist who introduced portray to the folks, together with his works accomplished for PBS viewers in lower than a half-hour with little greater than a big brush, a putty knife and plenty of encouragement, definitely did not think about his works being on sale for practically $10. Thousands and thousands of {dollars}.

However that is the value the Minneapolis gallery is asking for “A Stroll within the Woods,” the primary of greater than 400 work Ross produced dwell for his TV collection “The Pleasure of Portray.”

“It is the primary season, the primary episode of what we might name Bob Ross’s rookie card,” Trendy Artifact gallery proprietor Ryan Nelson mentioned of the work created for the collection’ debut, which aired on January 11, 1983.

Nelson, who grew up in a small city, mentioned he was launched to artwork via Ross’s present and loves his work. He doesn’t anticipate a fast sale given the excessive asking worth, which he sees as a possibility to show the portray to a bigger viewers.

On the first present during which he painted “A Stroll within the Woods,” Ross — sporting his beloved curly hair, full beard and unbuttoned shirt — emphasised that drawing needn’t be pretentious.

“We have prevented drawing for a very long time as a result of I feel we have been instructed all our lives that you must go to high school half your life, and also you most likely must have Michelangelo’s blessing at beginning, so as to have the ability to paint an image,” Ross mentioned. “And right here, we wish to present you that this incorrect. That you would be able to paint an image.”

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“A Stroll within the Woods,” the primary portray produced by Bob Ross for his well-liked present “The Pleasure of Portray,” is on show at Ryan Nelson’s dwelling, in Wayzata, Minnesota, on September 19, 2023. Mark Vancleave/AP

Ross, who died in 1995, hosted the present from 1983 till 1994. In every episode, he spoke on to viewers, whom he inspired to attract with him as he created excellent scenes of mountain-backed streams, waterfalls, cabins and rustic mills. All of it occurs in a short time.

None of Ross’s work, together with “Strolling within the Woods,” shall be mistaken for masterpieces. However that wasn’t the purpose.

“What this piece represents is the folks’s artist,” Nelson mentioned. “This isn’t a corporation telling you that Bob Ross is nice. This isn’t a high-profile present telling you that Bob Ross is nice. These are the audiences and populations of the world that say Bob Ross is nice.”

The primary season of “The Pleasure of Portray” was filmed in Falls Creek, Virginia, and the portray from Ross’s premiere was offered months later to lift cash for the native PBS station. A volunteer on the station purchased the portray for an undisclosed worth and hung it in her dwelling for 39 years till she contacted Nelson, who purchased and offered greater than 100 of Ross’s works.

Nelson purchased the portray final 12 months after which listed it at a “not on the market” worth of $9.85 million, publicist Megan Hoffman mentioned.

The asking worth is excess of every other Ross portray has offered for, however “A Stroll within the Woods” is exclusive and Nelson just isn’t in search of a fast sale, Hoffman mentioned. She notes that Ross’s reputation has risen lately, with 5.63 million subscribers to a YouTube channel exhibiting his performances.

“Ryan likes to take it out and tour it in museums and issues like that so folks can take pleasure in it and recognize it,” Hoffman mentioned. “He’ll obtain affords however he’s in no rush to promote.”

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