Murray Tinkelman, "Self-Portrait," 1976

Murray Tinkelman, “Self-Portrait,” 1976. Ink on paper. ©Murray Tinkelman. All rights reserved.

Stockbridge, MA, April 3, 2014—Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Murray Tinkelman: The Inspired Line,” a talk with artist Murray Tinkelman on Saturday, April 5, starting at 2 p.m. The award-winning illustrator, whose work is currently on exhibit at the Museum, will reflect on his six decade career as an artist, educator, and renowned illustration historian. Admission to the art talk is free with general Museum admission.

Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman 

On view through June 15, 2014

“Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles” celebrates over 60 years of artistic creation by Murray Tinkelman, one of the nation’s most prominent illustrators, educators, and illustration historians. The exhibition explores the artist’s interests, imagination and evolving technique, including elaborate pen-and-ink drawings that have become his trademark.

The subject matter of Mr. Tinkelman’s art is drawn from his personal observations, interests, and experiences. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Tinkelman grew to love the city’s rich baseball history, and his art looks back on the golden age of favorite teams like the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, and the Mets. A series of cropped portraits of automotive classics from the 1950s are symbols of a bygone era, and of a particularly significant time in the artist’s life and career. 

Rodeo became the subject of an extensive series of artworks that portray the spirit, intensity, and drama of the experience. Native American culture is also represented in a series of drawings that capture participants, in action and at rest, at the crossroads between two worlds. Also of note are Tinkelman’s portrayals of Coney Island, a beloved destination for many families; and classic monster movies. 

About Norman Rockwell Museum’s “Distinguished Illustrator Series”

The Norman Rockwell Museum Distinguished Illustrator Series honors the unique contributions of outstanding visual communicators today. Presented by the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the nation’s first research institute devoted to the art of illustration, the Distinguished Illustrator Series reflects the impact and evolution of Norman Rockwell’s beloved profession, exploring a diverse and ever-changing field.