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Bruce Gunsten Stark, American artist. Achievements include having original cartoons requested by President Nixon, Johnson; 1st color cartoon appearing on front page of New York Daily News. Served with United States Navy, 1952-1954.

Background

Stark, Bruce Gunsten was born on February 17, 1933 in Queens, New York, United States. Son of Richard M. and Karen (Gunsten) Stark.

Education

After serving with the Navy during the Korean War, he attended the School of Visual Arts, dug ditches, drove a truck and freelanced artwork, finally landing a permanent job in 1960 as a staff artist with the New York Daily News, where he contributed celebrity caricatures and sports cartoons for the next 22 years, continuing to live in New Jersey with his wife Pat and two sons, Bob and Ron.

Career

Born in 1933 in New York, he moved with his family at age three to New Jersey. During those decades, Stark also created covers for Time, Fortune, Industry Week, Forbes and TV Guide, plus numerous paperback covers. He contributed interior artwork to Reader's Digest, Mad, The Saturday Evening Post, Golf Digest and other magazines.

He died on December 29, 2012 of emphysema at the age of 79. He produced his own animated television special, The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians, telecast April 7, 1970 on ABC. It combined actual voices with his animated caricatures of Jack Benny, George Burns, Phyllis Diller, George Jessel, Jack E. Leonard, Groucho Marx, the Smothers Brothers, Flip Wilson and Henny Youngman. Paul Frees supplied the voices of W.C. Fields, Chico Marx and Zeppo Marx.

His oil painting of Knute Rockne can be seen on Knute Rockne: A Portrait of a Notre Dame Legend by Michael R. Steele, and he Illustrated Peter Golenbock's book, The Spirit of St. Louis. Artwork created by Ron Stark for Ted Williams' personal collection was later donated to the Ted Williams Museum.

Achievements

  • His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Everett Dirksen Library, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York and the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. For three years (1970, 1971, 1973), he won the New York Newspaper Guild's Page One award for Best Sports Cartoon of the Year. His one-man shows include the Art Institute in Pittsburgh, the University of Pennsylvania (1970) and the New York Bank for Savings (1971).

    He retired from the Daily News in 1982, but continued to freelance. His caricature originals have been requested by many of his subjects, including Art Carney, Xavier Cugat, Buddy Hackett, Suzanne Pleshette, Priscilla Presley and Ted Williams.

Works

  • Other Work

    • One-man shows Art Institute, Pittsburgh, 1968, University Kutztown, Pennsylvania, 1970, New York Bank for Savings, New York City, 1971. Group shows National Art Museum Sport, New York City, 1971. Represented in permanent collections Everett Dirksen Library, Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Johnson Library, Baseball Hall Fame, Cooperstown, New York, Basketball Hall Fame, Massachusetts.

Membership

Served with United States Navy, 1952-1954.

Connections

Married Joan Patricia Lauer, November 19, 1960. Children: Robert, Ronald.

father:
Richard M. Stark

mother:
Karen (Gunsten) Stark

spouse:
Joan Patricia Lauer

children:
Robert Stark

Ronald Stark