Featured Artist Everett Raymond Kinstler!

Champagne with Dr Seuss by Everett Raymond Kinstler

Champagne with Dr. Seuss by Everett Raymond Kinstler  25×30″
Everett Raymond Kinstler is a gem.  Through email, I have found that he is a kind, warm, interesting individual. It’s like hitting the jackpot when you find paintings that you love AND an artist that is a pleasure. This guy… Nice as can be.
Champagne with Dr. Seuss is a painting with Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) in his home with friends. This painting grabbed me right off. The colors, the textures, that beautiful water. It looks to be an interesting group of people, I look at this painting and I wonder what they are talking about. A painting is stunning to me when it holds my attention and makes me think about what’s going on. It doesn’t happen a lot, but wow, something about Everett’s paintings really strike me. He does more than paint, he tells a story through his paintings.
Everett’s words about this painting…
“Champagne with Dr. Seuss“ is a favorite of mine. It depicts the legendary author with guests in his home in La Jolla, Ca. The original painting is owned by Dartmouth College, his alma mater.
Trying to decide which two paintings to show you was a difficult task. I was sure it was some of the images of Katharine Hepburn (so lifelike you won’t believe it), in the end, this painting grabbed me, at first I didn’t see it on the website, I saw it in the video (below), and my jaw dropped… then I found it on his website.
Christopher Plummer as Prospero by Everett Raymond Kinstler
Christopher Plummer as Prospero by Everett Raymond Kinstler
Christopher Plummer as Prospero. Stunningly beautiful. His face… Striking and intent. It’s as if he could walk right off the canvas. I love the thick strokes of paint and the colors in this painting really wow me. The blues and greens together… and then to add stars… ah, the stars do me in! Fabulous. If you look on Everett’s website, it will show Christopher Plummer posing beside the finished painting.
Watch a great interview with Everett called From Pulp to Portraits, it’s fabulous! I can only imagine the stories he can tell!
Then read a bit about the artist, from his website:

EVERETT RAYMOND KINSTLER is a native New Yorker who began his career at age 16, drawing comic books and hundreds of book and magazine illustrations, as well as covers for paper back books. As one of the “golden age” era of comic book artists, his illustrations for magazines, including The Shadow and Doc Savage, have influenced the pop art school.

He studied at the Art Students League, where he later taught from 1969 to 1974. Kinstler ultimately made the transition to portraitist, and soon established himself as one of the nation’s foremost portrait painters. For over four decades, Kinstler also has devoted time to painting landscapes and watercolors.

Among Kinstler’s more than 1200 portraits are such well-known personalities as Tony Bennett, Carol Burnett, James Cagney, Betty Ford, Gene Hackman, Katharine Hepburn, Lady Bird Johnson, Paul Newman, Peter O’Toole, Gregory Peck, and John Wayne. Others include authors Arthur Miller, Ayn Rand, Tennessee Williams, and Tom Wolfe; Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Harry Blackmun; business and government leaders such as John D. Rockefeller lll, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 6 U.S. Governors, four US Secretaries of State, and the presidents of universities and colleges including Brown, Harvard, Oklahoma, Princeton, Smith, Wellesley, Williams, and Yale.

Kinstler has painted more than 50 cabinet officers, more than any artist in the country’s history. Seven Presidents — Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — have posed for him. His portraits of Ford and Reagan are the official White House portraits.

He was awarded honorary doctorates by Rollins College in 1983 and the Lyme Academy College of Art in 2002. The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., has acquired 75 of his original works for its permanent collection. He is also represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Butler Institute of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, etc.

Memberships include: National Academy of Design (N.A.), Allied Artists of America, American Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of America (Hall of Fame), Audubon Artists, Copley Society of Boston (life), National Arts Club.

In 1999, Kinstler received the Copley Medal from the Smithsonian, National Portrait Gallery, its highest honor.

Many PBS stations are airing a recent documentary on his career.

Recent portrait commissions include Tony Bennett, Donald Trump, Sandy Weill (Weill-Cornell Medical Center), Tommy Lasorda for the National Portrait Gallery, Christopher Plummer, and the official City Hall portrait of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

All images via EverettRaymondKinstler.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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