Painter/Artist: Rockwell Kent

Contemporary American painter and engraver. He was born in Tarrytown, New York, 21st June 1882. In 1898 he entered the summer art school of William Merritt Chase and in 1903 went to Dublin, New Hampshire, to study with Abbott H. Thayer. He also studied under Robert Henri and Kenneth Hayes Miller, but his greatest inspiration came from Thayer. He studied for a time at the Columbia University School of Architecture, but the desire to travel proved stronger. From 1905 to the present time he has alternated trips to different parts of the Americas with periods of painting and exhibiting in New York. His trips provided opportunities to paint scenes of life in the different regions that he touched. During that time he has travelled and painted at Monhegan Island, Maine, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Winona, Minnesota, Newfoundland, Fox Island near Seward, Alaska, and around Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego. More recently he has made his permanent home at Ausable Forks, New York, and from there has made two trips to Greenland to paint and gather information for his books. For not only is he well known as a painter but also as an illustrator of magazine articles and books, including his own books, which tell of his travels to the places above mentioned. His writings include Wilderness, A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska, Voyaging Southward from the Strait of Magellan, N by E, the last one relating some of his Greenland adventures.

In the intervals of his travels he has exhibited his pictures, at first with but little comment but now well received, paintings of large simple masses of colour nicely harmonised and arranged for effectiveness, as is the Winter in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has also done a good many advertisements, where his ability in the graphic arts is well shown. A very representative collection of his prints is to be found in the book Rockwellkentiana. Examples of his work are in the Columbus, Ohio, Gallery of Fine Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and Phillips Memorial Gallery in Washington.