Ever wandered what happened to all his paintings?

 

Bob Ross was public television’s most beloved personality and America’s pop-culture icon. He’s the quiet soft-spoken guy with the fuzzy afro hair painting mountains and trees with big brushes in a matter of seconds.

After embarking on this journey to find out why it was so hard to find Bob’s paintings the New York Time reporter Aaron Byrd found the paintings that Bob Ross have painted for his PBS show “The Joy Of Painting”. The were housed in a warehouse owned by the Kowalski family in Herdon Virginia. The Kowalskis originally funded Ross’ career and later became his partners. After Ross’ death in 1995, the Kowalskis became the sole heir to his legacy.

It is known that he insisted his paintings not to end up on any museum but that is not what happened after all. In March 2019 the Smithsonian National Museum of American History acquired a number of original paintings for their permanent collection.

“The hardest part was choosing the paintings,” said Eric Jentsch, the entertainment and sports curator for the National Museum of American History. Mr. Jentsch and his colleague Ryan Lintelman visited the offices of Bob Ross Inc…to find the images and materials that best exemplified Mr. Ross’s lifetime of work. The paintings and other objects officially became part of the museum’s permanent collection on March 22. For now, the Smithsonian has no plans to display the paintings.

 

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