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Oil Portrait Paintings by Portrait Artist Marvin Mattelson
Award Winning New York Fine Art Oil Portrait Artist

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Hart-Cohen Family – Posthumous Portrait of Arielle Hart
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First Place
Portrait Society
of America 2006

Best Portfolio
Portrait Society
of America 2004,
2006 & 2007

Certificate of
Portrait Society
of America 2005

Award of Merit
Portrait Society
of America 2004

Second Prize
American Society
of Portrait Artists
2001 Competition

Honors Award
ASOPA 2002

Portrait artist Marvin Mattelson creates classical custom oil portrait paintings for official, corporate and private commissions. His oil portraiture demonstrates a level of craftsmanship and refinement that is unique among contemporary portrait artists. Marvin creates cherished heirlooms that are inspired by the very same sensibilities which guided the great classical masters for over five hundred years. By combining superb draughtsmanship, subtle life-like color and deft paint handling, he brings his subjects to life and reveals their true character. If you wish to immortalize a cherished family member, recognize a momentous career achievement, or give a truly incomparable gift, commission Marvin – one of America's most accomplished and gifted classical realists – to create an extraordinary, unique, and timeless work of art.

Selecting the best possible portrait painter to create your commission is the most important decision. Marvin is a perfectionist and his credo – that each painting he creates will be his best yet – keeps him constantly striving to reach greater artistic heights. Many of Marvin's clients are avid fine art collectors who chose Marvin to create museum quality portraits that blend seamlessly with their prized collections. Marvin uses only the finest quality archival art materials to insure that you and your family can enjoy your commissioned portrait for generations, because a well crafted oil painting will last for centuries,

Marvin has been creating award winning artwork for over forty years. He is a consummate professional whose portrait paintings meld his great passion for painting with his never ending fascination with the human spirit. His oil portrait of Sylvia at Seventeen, is a perfect example of how a modern master of classical realism can incorporate a contemporary aesthetic with a classical painting sensibility to create a truly unique commissioned work of art – timeless yet timely. Marvin uses fine craftsmanship and a sensitive eye to convey the inner essence of his subjects, eschewing the all-too-common pastiche of many contemporary portrait painters: excessively flamboyant brushwork and over saturated garrish color.

Marvin’s award winning oil portraits are sought by collectors worldwide. His work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Nine of his paintings are included in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Marvin's portrait work was profiled in the Artist's Magazine's April 2012 issue which highlighted his unique ability to create the most life-like flesh-tone imaginable. His oil portrait of Sydney graced the cover.

On January 11, 2013 Marvin was interviewed on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on the subject of portraiture. While being interviewed by correspondent Kate Snow, he painted a quick 25 minute oil sketch of her.

The Portrait Society of America awarded Marvin's portrait painting of Edward Cardinal Egan First Place in their International Portrait Competition. They chose him as a Merit Award winner and a Certificate of Excellence recipient in previous competitions and gave him four Best Portfolio awards. He was also a finalist in the American Society of Portrait Artists Competition for an unprecedented three consecutive years, receiving both Second Place and Honors awards. He was awarded Honorable Mention in the Artists Magazine’s Portrait Competition for his portrait painting of
Julia, one of only six portrait awards selected from thousands of entries.

Since a portrait is ultimately a collaboration between artist and client, the importance of clear communication is essential, therefore Marvin prefers to work directly with you, his client, to insure that your expectations are not only fulfilled, but surpassed. To commission a portrait contact Marvin Mattelson today.

Portrait Painting, Figure Painting & Drawing Workshops and Classes

Along with being an award winning portrait artist, Marvin Mattelson has created a "career altering" approach to teaching portraiture and figurative painting which is broad in scope, yet simple to comprehend. Marvin's teaching is not about tricky techniques and effects. He focuses on the most effective approach for creating realistic imagery that enhances your ability to express your true artistic vision. He believes that solid reasoning is at the core of all great painting, and those who know the truth are forever freed from the bondage of frivolous rules. His teaching goes far beyond mere rote learning. Marvin's unique ability to fully elucidate his thought process, while demonstrating his methodology step by step, allows students of all levels to experience a rapid and profound growth which continues to develop long after completing his course.

...one of the greatest teachers ever. Marvin Mattelson changes the lives of anyone paying attention. I know I wouldn't be half the painter I am without his guidance.
Dorian Vallejo

Portrait painters from around the world seek Marvin’s guidance. He has been a distinguished member of the faculty at the School of Visual Arts in New York City for more than thirty-five years. He has conducted professional artist training programs and critique sessions for organizations such as the Portrait Society of Atlanta, the New York Society of Portrait Artists, the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Andreeva Portrait Academy, Syracuse University and the University of Kansas. A class or worksop with Marvin Mattelson is a rare opportunity to study directly with a living master artist. Marvin, not an assitant or a former student, does all the teaching and critiquing himself.

You can view examples of Marvin's SVA students' portrait paintings and figure paintings as well as look at artwork from many of his portrait painting workshop students. You can also read feedback from his former students and get more information on Marvin's course description page. You can see examples of his in-class demonstrations including a musical version. Look at the teaching schedule below and determine which program is best suited to your needs.

The School of Visual Arts • NYC • Spring 2017 • Register Now
Classical Oil Portrait Painting - Continuing Education Classes
These courses may also be taken for undergraduate credit.
For more information please call the Registrar's office (212) 592.2200.

Portrait Painting: The Real Deal • FPC-2221-CE
Fridays • 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM • 12 sessions • Jan 27 - Apr 21 2017
For more information or to
register now @ SVA website
or call The Department of Continuing Education @ 212.592.2000

Portrait Painting: The Real Deal • FPC-2221-CE1
Saturdays • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM • 12 Sessions • Jan 28 - Apr 22, 2017
For more information or to register now @ SVA website
or call The Department of Continuing Education @ 212.592.2000

Portrait Workshops • Summer 2017
Dates To Be Announced
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The School of Visual Arts • New York City
Department of Continuing Education

Eleven Day Realistic Portrait Painting Workshop
August 2017.
Find out more information about the workshop
Registration begins in April 2017
This course may also be taken for credit. Please call the registrar's office @ 212.592.2200 for more information.
Five Day Realistic Portrait Drawing Workshop
June 2017

Registration begins in April 2017 • Click here for more information.

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