Kin­stler, por­traitist of pres­i­dents, dies at 92

The News-Times - - OBITUARIES/FROM THE FRONT PAGE - Staff re­ports

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.

Con­trib­uted photo

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.

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