Robert Lagasse

Bob’s education was in Mechanical Engineering, but starting in his childhood he has always had a desire for creative endeavors using his hands. During his high school years, he won several awards from the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild for designing and carving scale model automobiles.  He served the industry in many fields including;  designing, estimating and managing, but his last employment was the managing Director of the American Clock & Watch Museum. He is also a retired Army Officer having completed 24 years of Reserve service.

Bob has a life-long affection for wood and has created a variety of birds and animals.  His primary interest, and the majority of these unique pieces, are aquatic in nature, with a particular fascination for whales, dolphins, and sharks. He has learned much about his subjects through travel and water-related activities, including scuba diving. He has had experiences from the Caribbean to Hawaii and Alaska, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the East Coast of the United States,  studying his subjects in their natural habitat.

Bob’s lectures, using sample pieces, have been given to interested groups, including a gathering of interior decorators in our nation’s capital and an interested group at the Maritime Gallery’s “Behind the Canvas” series at the Mystic Seaport Museum. HIs work has been on display in a number of locations, from Hawaii to the East Coast and he is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).  His biography was featured in the Society’s  2011 Summer Journal and one of his pieces was included in the 14th, 15th & 16th  ASMA National Exhibitions.  For two years the show toured eight museums around the USA.

For more than 20 years many of Bob’s pieces have been accepted in the International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport where he has won an Award of Excellence. He has also received multiple awards from wildlife expositions. Bob’s work is featured in the book, Bound for Blue Water, a definitive collection of the best American Marine art of the 20th and early 21st centuries.  His pieces can be found in collections around the world.

Bob is a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City and he is represented by the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT and the  J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, Fairfield, CT.