Kinstler, portraitist of presidents, dies at 92
Everett Raymond Kinstler, of Easton, renowned portraitist of U.S. presidents, government officials, business and educational leaders, as well as creative luminaries, died on Sunday, May 26 in Bridgeport. He was 92.
Kinstler was born Aug. 5,1926 in New York City to Joseph and Hazel (Abramson) Kinstler.
At age 16, he began his career drawing comic books — most notably “Zorro,” “Hawkman,” and “The Shadow” — as well as hundreds of magazine illustrations and book and magazine covers. As one of the artists from the Golden Age of the Comic Book, his work influenced the Pop Art School.
Kinstler ultimately made the transition to portraitist, and soon established himself as one of the nation’s foremost portrait painters with more than 3,000 portraits to his credit. For over 70 years, he has portrayed a virtual cultural history of this country.
Eight U.S. Presidents have posed for him — Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Donald J. Trump. His portraits of Ford and Reagan are the official White House portraits.
First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson and Betty Ford also posed for him.
Others who posed of Kinstler included Supreme Court Justices Harry Blackmun and Ruth Bader Ginsburg and over 60 U. S. Cabinet officers (more than any artist in the country’s history). Recently, he completed portraits of Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Easton artist Everett Raymond Kinstler poses with Ronald and Nancy Reagan in 1990 in New York City next to Kinstler's official White House portrait of President Reagan. Kinstler died on Sunday, he was 92.