Norman Rockwell (1894–1978)
Norman Rockwell could easily be called the most popular and well-known American artist of all time. Born on February 3, 1894 in New York City, he attended New York Art Students League founded in 1875 in part by one of his major influences, Howard Pyle. He began his full-time career as an illustrator at the age of 18, and never imagined the pinnacle his art would reach, both as an illustrator, and as an artist. At 19, he was the art director for Boy's Life, and had already illustrated his first book. His illustrations were featured on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post beginning when Rockwell was 22 for a continuous 47 years (totaling 322 illustrations) and to a captive audience of an average 4 million viewers. The exposure he enjoyed was unprecedented, and it allowed for his illustrations to reach the hearts of the American people. Over the decades with The Saturday Evening Post, Rockwell covered everything American from people of all ages, holidays, wars, presidents, and events that reflected, epitomized, and defined American culture. Other magazine cover illustrations included periodicals such as Life, Ladies' Home Journal, Look magazine, McCall's, Country Gentleman, and the Literary Digest. The 1970s proved career-altering for Rockwell. Thomas Buechner wrote the first major fine art book about him titled Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in 1970. Exhibitions were held shortly after as he really began to be considered an artist in his own right. The exhibition-goers broke attendance records.
Rockwell then began making lithographs with Circle Gallery, and by the third year editions were selling out as quickly as they were published. Later, he created works for other publishers and developed a larger international market for his prints, paintings, drawings, and collectibles. Today the phrase "Like a Norman Rockwell painting" summarizes the far reaching influence he achieved portraying American culture.
Rockwell is the recipient of the highest American honor a civilian can receive from the government--the Presidential Medal of Freedom--for his "vivid and affectionate portraits of our country."
About the Park West Gallery Rockwell Collection
Since 2003, Park West Gallery has collaborated with the Norman Rockwell Licensing Company of Niles, Illinois in bringing to collectors limited edition graphic works reflecting some of the artist’s most beloved imagery.
More than 30 editions have been created with the Estate through the graphic techniques of flat-bed color lithography and serio-lithography (a combination of serigraphy and lithography). These editions, rigorously edited and controlled by the Rockwell Estate, stand out as some of the most beautifully colorful, detailed and vibrant of Rockwell’s graphic editions ever created.
Each work bears the Norman Rockwell Estate authorized gold seal, is hand-numbered and bears the estate authorized printed facsimile signature of Norman Rockwell.
Park West Gallery’s multi-year association with the estate of the artist has provided an exceptional opportunity for avid fans and lovers of Norman Rockwell’s enduring and enriching art works. These beautifully crafted, limited edition, fully authorized works of the finest quality are available at highly affordable prices and can make the experience of enjoying Norman Rockwell’s art a reality-- for a lifetime.