Harvey Dinnerstein: Artist at work
(Harvey Dinnerstein is one of America's most respected pai...)
Harvey Dinnerstein is one of America's most respected painters and teachers, and his mastery of classical painting techniques has won the admiration of artists and students throughout America. In this richly illustrated book, Dinnerstein discusses his concepts, drawing and painting techniques, and the evolution of his personal approach to painting. Dinnerstein begins by describing his studio...lighting, books, easel, and antique casts and the story behind their acquisition...in a detailed description of his environment that becomes a kind of self-portrait in its own way. Then he devotes a full chapter to each of his favorite painting media...drawing, pastel, and oil...and his varied approaches to them. Next, in a stimulating and provocative chapter, Dinnerstein explores the creation of his pictorial ideas...from sketch to finished painting...including how his thoughts evolve from drawings into a painting or series of paintings; how he develops a point of view in a portrait; how he creates a theme; and how he paints a series of painting based on a particular theme, such as the seasons. Then Dinnerstein invites he reader to watch as he paints six 'works in progress' in oil and pastel, with every stage reproduced in full-color: a male and female nude, a portrait of a man and woman, an autumn cityscape, and a self-portrait. A color gallery of 46 of his most brilliantly painted oil paintings, pastels, and drawings reveals the full scope of his technique. Throughout the book, Dinnerstein offers the reader concrete technical advice and encourages the development of a personal style.
Harvey Dinnerstein Edit Profile
Student of, Moses Soyer, 1944-1946; student, Art Students League, 1946-1947; student, Tyler Art School, Temple University, 1950; D (honorary), Lyme Academy Fine Arts, 1998.
A draftsman and painter in the realistic tradition, his work has included genre paintings, contemporary narratives, complex figurative compositions, portraits, and intimate images of his family and friends. From 1947 to 1950 Dinnerstein was also a student at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Upon his return to New York in the early 1950s, he was one of a group of recent Tyler graduates who resisted the prevailing style of Abstract Expressionism in order to paint in a figurative mode.
Inspired by the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott of 1956, Dinnerstein traveled south to document the Civil Rights upheaval through a series of drawings. This interest in cultural and moral issues continued to inform drawings and paintings that recorded the social unrest of the 1960s. From 1965 to 1980 Dinnerstein taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and from 1975 to 1992 at the National Academy of Design, to which he was elected a member in 1974.
He has taught at the Art Students League since 1980. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut in 1998. Dinnerstein has participated in numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States.
His work is in the permanent collections of the Butler Institute of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of the City of New York, National Academy of Design, National Museum of American Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has been a very influential instructor for several generations of students at The National Academy of Design and the Art Students League, including Ephraim Rubenstein, Nomi Silverman and Gregory Frux. His book Harvey Dinnerstein: An Artist at Work was published in 1978 by Watson-Guptill.
Served with United States Army, 1951-1953. Member National Academy of Design (Samuel F.B. Morse medal 2003).
Married Lois Behrke, May 25, 1951. Children: Rachel, Michael.