A native of St. Louis, Kilcullen’s life has ranged from professional football to the fine arts, from toy design to commercial real estate. Robert attended Texas Tech with the unlikely combination of a football scholarship and a major in art. Following college, he spent nine years with the Chicago Bears while also pursuing his art career, studying at the Art Institute of Chicago. While in military service, he studied at Richmond Professional Institute in Vermont. In the 1960’s, his art was exhibited in numerous individual and group shows int he Chicago area.
As sports and figurative subjects dominated his early work, he states that he has always been fascinated by the human face, as the eyes and mouth reveal much about emotions such as sadness, fear and despair. There is a strong sculpture quality with his use of line and color as he captures the movements of his subject. His abstract work is both fluid and powerful. In the 1980,s, Kilcullen began experimenting with recycled wood, rope, glass and steel in his sculptures. His paintings, drawings and sculptures are in numerous private collections throughout the country. Kilcullen continues to produce current works from his studio in Celina, Texas.