Fifty years is a long time, and in that span this leading American portrait painter has captured the likenesses of some of the most important leaders and much more. Some of his greatest achievements are currently hanging in one of New York’s most prestigious clubs.

It was a long time ago that portraitist John Howard Sanden first established himself as one of America’s leading painters. Since then, his reputation has only grown, to near-legendary status. Among his sitters have been Billy Graham, President George W. Bush, and African kings sitting for state portraits.

John Howard Sanden, “Reverend Billy Graham,” (c) John Howard Sanden 2017
John Howard Sanden, “Reverend Billy Graham,” (c) John Howard Sanden 2017

Opening January 16 at New York’s venerable Salmagundi Club and continuing through February 3 is a monumental retrospective of Sanden’s portraits. This can’t-miss exhibition explores one visionary’s path through some of the most important estates and is co-sponsored by the Portrait Institute and by Portraits, Inc. — widely recognized as the premier portrait gallery and brokerage in the country.

John Howard Sanden, “His Majesty the Alafin of Oyo,” (c) John Howard Sanden 2017
John Howard Sanden, “His Majesty the Alafin of Oyo,” (c) John Howard Sanden 2017

An opening reception will be hosted at the club on January 19 between 6 P.M. and 8 P.M. Also on the slate is an illustrated lecture with Sanden on Sunday, January 22 at 3 P.M.

John Howard Sanden, “His Highness the Emir of Kano, Nigeria,” (c) John Howard Sanden 2017
John Howard Sanden, “His Highness the Emir of Kano, Nigeria,” (c) John Howard Sanden 2017

To learn more, visit the Salmagundi Club.

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Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the Editor of Fine Art Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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