|Portrait artist oil portrait paintings by Marvin Mattelson. Museum quality realistic oil portraiture by an award winning New York area painter in a classical realist style.
Marvin is an oil portrait painter who draws on over thirty years of
professional experience as an artist. Ten of Marvin’s paintings are
included in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery at
the Smithsonian Institution. His portraits hang in both private and
corporate collections around the world. He has been commissioned to
create portraits of the CEOs from Met Life, NYNEX, and ITT Corporation,
the Board of Directors of MBNA, as well as composer Philip Glass and
writer/historian Conner Cruise O’Brien.
After receiving his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, Marvin
embarked on the long road to discover the knowledge that he felt was so
evident in the work of the old masters. He is most indebted to John
Frederick Murray, a student of the late Frank Reilly, for his insights into
the academic painting process.
Prior to becoming a full time portrait painter, Marvin was an award
winning illustrator. He was commissioned to paint over twenty covers for
Time Magazine. A partial list of clients includes Dream Works, MTV,
Newsweek, FEDEX, Putnam, Warner Publishing, A&E, CBS, ABC, Geffen
Films, National Geographic, Scientific American, The US Postal Service
and Angel Records.
His cover for the CD “Chant” helped propel it to number three on the Pop
Charts, making it the most popular classical album of all time. He has
received over sixty awards from the Society of Illustrators Annual
Exhibition. Marvin’s work has been featured in articles in Communication
Arts, Print Magazine, Idea Magazine, and Step by Step Graphics
Magazine and has appeared in numerous illustration, advertising and
design annuals. American Artist Magazine will be showcasing Marvin's
portraiture in an upcoming feature article.
Marvin is a distinguished educator, who teaches classes at the School
of Visual Arts in New York City in addition to conducting private portrait
Marvin is a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists and is
also on the leadership committee of the New York Society of Portrait
Artists. He lives in Great Neck, New York with his wife and their two