In this one and a half hour video Max Ginsburg paints a head study portrait from life and explains his procedure as he is painting. On a blank canvas he starts painting the model with a loose wash painting to establish the basic shapes and proportions. Then with skillful brush painting and very careful observation of the model he develops the forms of lights and darks.
In addition to his poetic color and unique artistic form, he captures the singular character and expression of the sitter. Ginsburg's paintings are reminiscent of and inspired by the Old Masters.
Max Ginsburg (b. 1931) has exhibited his fine art since 1953 to the present and has taught art for over 60 years. His paintings are in many museums and private collections including the Butler Institute of American Art, the New Britain Museum, the Washington County Museum of Fine Art, the Society of Illustrators Museum, the Salmagundi Club, and other public institutions. His illustration career from 1980 to 2004 for clients such as New York Times Magazine and HarperCollins Publishers was decorated by awards from the Society of Illustrators, Allied Artists of America, Romance Writers of America, and many more.
He has taught at the Art Students League of N.Y. (2008-Present), the School of Visual Arts (NYC) (1984-2000), and the High School of Art and Design (NYC) (1960-1982), and has given many painting from life workshops around the USA and abroad. His book, "Max Ginsburg: Retrospective," was published in 2011.
Recent exhibitions and awards: 2020 - GOLD MEDAL, The Portrait Society of America 2017 - Solo Exhibition, FEI Art Museum, Yokohama, Japan 2017 - Solo Exhibition, Florence Academy Of Art, U.S. 2016 - Solo Exhibition, Highline Loft Gallery, NYC 2015 - The William Draper GRAND PRIZE at The Portrait Society of America Competition 2014 - Solo Exhibition, ArtRage Gallery in Syracuse, NY 2013 - Gold Medal Award, California Art Club, CA 2011 - BEST IN SHOW at ARC, The Art Renewal Center, International Salon Competition 2011 - Retrospective Solo Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH 2011 - Retrospective Solo Exhibition, The Salmagundi Club, New York, N.Y.