Bernard Fuchs, American (1932 - 2009)

 

Noted illustrator and impressionist painter Bernard Fuchs was born in O'Fallon, Illinois and grew up in the Midwest. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, and graduated with a degree from the School of Fine Arts.

After graduation, Fuchs moved to New York City to pursue his career as a commercial illustrator and artist, where his career blossomed. He then moved East to Westport, Connecticut, and began to do editorial magazine illustration. By the age of thirty, the Artists Guild of New York named Fuchs "Artist of the Year" in 1962. The New York Society of Illustrators elected him to the "Hall of Fame" in 1975, the youngest artist ever to be so named. His pictures for McCalls, Redbook, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, TV Guide and other magazines are well known, and his impact on the field of communication arts is considerable.

Fuchs is also a gallery painter and has done notable commissions such as newscaster Ted Koppel, golf professional Jack Nicklaus, and Presidents Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy, whom he met just prior to the Cuban missile crisis. That portrait is in the Kennedy Librarys permanent collection.

Fuchs is the recipient of more than 100 awards, including the prestigious Hamilton King Award.

In 1992, the United States Sports Academy named Fuchs their Sports Artist of the Year. In 1996, his prints from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis private collection were sold at auction in New York. He was commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to design four U.S. postage stamps in 1998.

Fuchs impressive body of work focuses on historical and sports themes including limited edition prints for the PGA World Hall of Fame. His solo exhibits include works on equine art, jazz and golf, and have been displayed throughout the world. His most recent exhibitions include galleries in Chicago, San Francisco, Telluride, Colorado, London, New York, Atlanta, Scottsdale, Palm Beach, and Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include the United States Information Agency Graphics Exhibition in the Soviet Union.

He is known for his combination of realistic drawing and impressionistic painting, as well as varied uses of light. Fuchs paintings are richly detailed with a strong foundation of drawing. They reflect the artists fascination with sunlight and the way it illuminates all things.

Bernard Fuchs has also been an instructor, among his students is Ed Acuna who studied with him on the East Coast.

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