Oil paintings include portraits of Douglas MacArthur, Jack Lambert, and Sigmund Freud
VENICE, Calif., Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Artist and former NFL linebacker Jeff Rohrer today unveiled a collection of his oil paintings on BadCowboyOils.com. Included is his “Psychodellic” series, as well as an eclectic range of portraits spanningDouglas MacArthur, Sigmund Freud, Andy Warhol and Kent State football hero Jack Lambert. Rohrer played for the Dallas Cowboys from ’82-’90 for legendary coach Tom Landry (he has painted Landry as well). Bold brushstrokes and vivid colors permeate Rohrer’s work. His famously blue portraits and “Van Gogh-esque” paint mixing are hallmarks of Rohrer’s distinctive expression, style, and space. If art were Rock n’ Roll, Rohrer’s style would be heavy metal.
“Jeff was a legendary linebacker at Yale and for the Cowboys in the NFL – what made him legendary was his love and deep knowledge of art and literature,” said Robert Farris Thompson, the Colonel Trumbull Professor Emeritus of the History of Art atYale University, Rohrer’s alma mater. “He would hang out with the guys but also dig a play by Shakespeare or a modern art show at a museum. He has become a hell of an artist himself; note his control of powerful colors and dynamic shifting shapes of a sample image from his work. With Rohrer, we savor exciting work by an exciting guy all the way.”
Jeffrey Charles Rohrer was born and raised in the small Southern California beach community of Manhattan Beach. At 14, he began working as a metal sculptor for local artist Greg Quale selling many of his whimsical pieces on the commercial market. By 16, still heavily involved in welding three-dimensional abstract art, he added pottery to his repertoire. By the end of high school, Rohrer was considered a master potter, winning several awards for his highly skilled technique and unique creativity.
At Yale, Rohrer focused on academics and on playing for the Bulldogs. He graduated in 1982; the Dallas Cowboys drafted Rohrer in the 2nd round. Retiring from football in 1990, Rohrer enjoyed a prolific career as a global commercial producer. He worked with top directors and won Cannes Lions among numerous other awards.
Rohrer’s production career reinforced his love of art. Applying his bold imagination to oil on canvas, he was consumed by the medium. Rohrer concentrated his early efforts on portrait subjects; his Landry portrait is proudly displayed at the Baylor Tom Landry Health & Wellness Center in Dallas.
“This has been a really prolific period,” said Rohrer. “I’m so excited to be sharing this work on a broader scale.”