Everett Raymond Kinstler
August 5, 1926
New York City, U.S.
|Died||May 26, 2019 (aged 92)|
Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
|Alma mater||Art Students League of New York|
|Awards||Inkpot Award, 2006|
Everett Raymond Kinstler (August 5, 1926 – May 26, 2019) was an American artist, whose official portraits include Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. He was also a pulp and comic book artist, whose work appeared mainly in the 1940s and 1950s.
Life and work
Everett Kinstler was born in 1926 in New York City, the son of Essie and Joseph Kinstler. He started his career age 16, drawing comic books, paperback book covers, and book and magazine illustrations. He studied at the Art Students League of New York and later taught there (1969 – 1974). Kinstler also studied at the National Academy of Design.
Kinstler's pulp illustrations number in the hundreds, and cover many different genres including western, romance, crime, mystery, and war. Popular Publications was among the largest publishers of pulps in which his black-and-white illustrations appeared.
In comic books, he was particularly known for his western and romance comic work. He worked extensively for Avon Periodicals, as well as Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, Dell/Western Publishing, National Periodicals/DC Comics, St. John Publications, Atlas Comics/Marvel Comics, and Gilberton. The titles he spent the most time on were Avon's Realistic Romances, Witchcraft, and White Princess of the Jungle; and Ziff-Davis/St. John's Nightmare.
Beginning in the 1950s Kinstler shifted into the realm of portrait painting. He painted over 1200 portraits of leading figures in business, entertainment and government, including official portraits of eight U.S. Presidents, including Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. Perhaps America's most important working portrait artist, Kinstler held a Portraits, Inc. Lifetime Achievement Award for which a university scholarship is awarded each year in his name.
For more than 70 years, Kinstler lived and worked at The National Arts Club, of which he was a member. He painted over 2,000 of his subjects at his studio at the Club – including President Reagan, Katherine Hepburn, Tony Bennett, Salvador Dali, Carol Burnett, and Leonard Bernstein – and many of his works are included in its permanent collection. In the fall of 2018, he was honored at the Club’s 120th anniversary celebration for his outstanding career and commitment to the arts.
- Elected to the National Academy of Design, in 1970
- Copley Medal from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, in 1999
- Inkpot Award, in 2006
Comics bibliography (selected)
As either cover artist, interior penciller/inker or both:
- Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch
- Jesse James
- Kit Carson
- Last of the Comanches
- Western Bandits
- Wild Bill Hickok
- The Masked Bandit
- The Dalton Boys
- Sheriff Bob Dixon's Chuck Wagon
- Realistic Romances
- Romantic Love
- Intimate Confessions
- Prison Break
- Murderous Gangsters
- Prison Riot
- War Dogs of the U.S. Army
- Boy Detective
- Space Detective
- Pancho Villa
- Phantom Witch Doctor
- White Princess of the Jungle
- Four Color
- #491: Silvertip
- #534: Ernest Haycox's Western Marshall
- #651: Luke Short's King Colt
- #723: Santiago
- Flash Comics (National Periodicals)
- The Black Terror (Nedor Comics)
- The Black Hood (MLJ Comics)
- All-American Comics (All-American Publications)
- Blazing Sixguns (I. W. Publications)
- Wyatt Earp (Marvel Comics)
- Cinderella Love (Ziff-Davis/St. John Publications)
- Nightmare (Ziff-Davis/St. John Publications)
- Perfect Love (Ziff-Davis/St. John Publications)
- Strange Worlds (Atlas Comics)
- The World Around Us (Gilberton)
- Mystery Comics (Standard Comics)
- Thrilling Comics (Standard Comics)
- America Creative, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, TN (2018)
- "Biography," Kinstler official website. Retrieved 23 June 2007.
- Kinstler entry, Artcylcopedia. Accessed June 30, 2014.
- Kinstler bio, Who's Who of American Comics, 1928–1999. Accessed July 1, 2014.
- The Passing of Everett Raymond Kinstler
- Everett Raymond Kinstler - RIP