Artist Profile: Everett Raymond Kinstler (1928–2019)


Born in New York City, Everett Raymond Kintsler started drawing when he was 16 years old and studied at both the Art Students League of New York and the National Academy of Design.  (He would later return to teach at the Art Students League.)  Kintsler began his career as an illustrator, working in comic books and in the paperback book publishing throughout the 40s and 50s.

However, Kintsler was best known as a portrait painter.  Staring in the 1950s and continuing until his death, Kintsler painted over 1200 portrait of the powerful and famous.  Kintsler’s portrait work was so acclaimed that Kintsler was eventually awarded a Portraits, Inc. Lifetime Achievement award and even had a scholarship named after him.

Below is some of his work, from both the pulp era and his time as a portrait artist:

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