Everett Raymond Kinstler (20/21st Century)

Everett Raymond Kinstler (20/21st Century)

Everett Raymond Kinstler was born in New York City, and he began his artistic career at age 16 by drawing comic strips. Realizing his talent, he went on to produce hundreds of magazine illustrations and book covers. He studied at the Art Students League with Frank DuMond, and then taught at the League from 1969 through 1974. A protégé of James Montgomery Flagg, Kinstler ultimately established himself as one of the nation’s foremost portrait painters. Among Kinstler’s more than 500 portraits are such well known personalities as Tony Bennett, Carol Burnett, Peter O'Toole, James Cagney, Betty Ford, Gene Hackman, Katharine Hepburn, Lady Bird Johnson, Paul Newman, Gregory Peck and John Wayne; astronauts Alan Shepard and Scott Carpenter; Supreme Court Justices Harry Blackmun and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; writers Tennessee Williams and Tom Wolfe; sports figures Arthur Ashe and Byron Nelson; six U.S. Governors; four U.S. Secretaries of State; and the Presidents of colleges and universities, including Brown, Harvard, Princeton, Smith, Wellesley, Williams, and Yale. Five Presidents have posed for Kinstler: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. His portraits of Ford and Reagan are the official White House portraits. Kinstler has painted more than 50 U.S. cabinet officers, more than any artist in the country’s history.

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Kinstler has been awarded two honorary doctorates, one by Rollins College in 1983 and the other by Lyme Academy College of Art in 2002. The National Portrait Gallery has acquired more than 50 of his works for its permanent collection. He is represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and The Butler Institute of American Art, among others. In 1999, Kinstler received the Copley Medal from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the highest award the gallery bestows on a portrait artist.

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