2010-02-05 / Community

Artist Donates Work To The Wave

By Nicholas Briano

Local artist Bob Trim with Wave publisher Susan Locke as he donates his artwork to The Wave. Local artist Bob Trim with Wave publisher Susan Locke as he donates his artwork to The Wave. Bob Trim, a 44-year Rockaway resident and artist, has donated his work to The Wave for the second consecutive year to commemorate Black History Month.

Trim, 61, says he donated his work to The Wave to honor both Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Wave.

“The Wave reports objectively and tells us the news the way it is. There is no racial divide and I really appreciate that from a local paper,” he said. “My donation of artwork is out of personal respect to The Wave and hope they keep up the good work.”

Trim says he discovered art more than 50 years ago as a child. He has lived in Rockaway since 1956, first in the Hammel Houses and later in Far Rockaway. He always stuck to his love of drawing and painting, attending the Columbus College of Art in Ohio and later becoming the assistant art director for the giant WT Grant Company.

In 1965, after the death of President John F. Kennedy, he developed an artistic attraction to political figures such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. “Back in the 60s, I appreciated what King was doing for the country,” he said in an interview last year. “I was into the black leaders, King, Malcolm X, but I always liked that King was peaceful and I admired him. Even though I never personally heard him speak, there was a connection.”

In 1968, after King was assassinated, the civil rights leader became Trim’s favorite subject. Similarly, Trim has become captivated with Barak Obama. He sees Obama’s ascendancy to the White House as the culmination of King’s legacy.

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