Everett Raymond Kinstler Fine Art Portraits
Visitors viewing “President Ronald Reagan, Study for White House Portrait,” 1990 by Everett Raymond Kinstler. Photograph by Kristi Irving.

Everett Raymond Kinstler, now 91 years old, has rendered portraits of more than 2,000 individuals — leaders in almost every professional field, including eight United States presidents.

From Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery (Nashville, TN):

“America Creative” (through July 14, 2018) explores how the eye of an artist sees kindred souls whose life’s work is also in the arts, whether visual, musical, performing, or literary. Kinstler’s vibrant, impressionist style imbues an otherwise static medium with the energy and vitality of his sitters, enlivening their personalities for us today and telling the stories of their lives.

Everett Raymond Kinstler Fine Art Portraits
Visitor viewing “Marian Anderson,” 1990 (Collection of the Harvard Club, New York City) by Everett Raymond Kinstler. Photograph by Kristi Irving.

Spanning the years from 1952 through 2015, these portraits cover the long career of a successful artist who has truly honed his craft. They also capture a generation of creative leaders in this country. Thanks to loans from the artist and from several institutions, including the National Portrait Gallery and the National Academy Museum, the exhibition features portraits of visual artists such as Norman Rockwell and Alexander Calder, actors such as Katharine Hepburn and Christopher Plummer, musicians and entertainers including Tony Bennett and Marian Anderson, and authors such as Tom Wolfe and Dr. Seuss.

Everett Raymond Kinstler Fine Art Portraits
Visitors to the opening reception viewing “Tom Wolfe,” 1987 and “Alexander Calder,” 1972 (Collection of the National Portrait Gallery), by Everett Raymond Kinstler. Photograph by Kristi Irving.
Everett Raymond Kinstler Fine Art Portraits
Everett Raymond Kinstler painting Eddie George, former running back for the Tennessee Titans. The audience greatly enjoyed his dog Philadelphia’s spontaneous addition to the event! Photograph by Kristi Irving.
Everett Raymond Kinstler Fine Art Portraits
Gary Haynes and Everett Raymond Kinstler. In the background, “Paul Resika,” 1985, and “Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss),” 1982 (Collection of the Hood Museum of Art), by Everett Raymond Kinstler. Photograph by Kristi Irving.
Everett Raymond Kinstler Fine Art Portraits
Installation view including “Peter Cox,” 1983, “Christopher Plummer as Prospero,” 2011, and “Paul Jenkins,” 2006, by Everett Raymond Kinstler. Photograph by Peggy Kinstler.

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