Kinstler Presents Live Portrait Demonstration

Everett Kinstler pauses to talk to audience during painting demonstration. (Photo by Pat Blair)

About 40 people watched and listened to painter Everett Raymond Kinstler Sunday afternoon as he opened an exhibit of his work at the Brinton Museum in Big Horn with a live portrait demonstration.

As he painted from a live model in the museum's second-floor gallery, Kinstler said there are three things he looks for in art.

The demonstration was follwed by a reception for Kinstler from 5:30 until 7:30. Kinstler's exhibit, “The Shadow and Zorro; Journeys West and Beyond,” started Sunday and will continue through July 4. The show features more than 40 pieces of his original art, and ranges from portraits of celebrities to his pulp fiction, comic book and dime novel illustrations, as well as several of his modern works. He spoke of the personal nature of art.

Museum Director Ken Schuster said Kinstler's exhibit highlights 60 years of the artist's career and shows the importance of his vision of the American West in shaping his work and our collective national identity. Schuster said if you see a portrait of a president from the last 50 years, there's a good chance it was done by Kinstler.

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Kinstler during painting demonstration. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Kinstler at start of his demonstration. (Photo by Pat Blair)