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Published on March 22, 2021

Murray Tinkelman

Richard Matheson Shock I Cover Art 1979, Ink on paper, 24 x 36 Inches

A master of visual solutions and an esteemed educator and historian, Murray Tinkleman (1933-2016) embarked on his life’s journey through art in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, where the world’s richness and diversity was always close at hand. As a boy, his bustling Brownsville apartment building housed 112 families on six crowded floors and offered early inspiration — incinerator rooms filled with cast-off newspaper comics and coveted Saturday Evening Post magazines that had been destined for recycling during World War II. Illustrations from publications deemed too conservative for his father were smuggled into his room under cover, treasures to be studied and savored, from the serial strips of Hal Foster and Alex Raymond to the cover illustrations of Norman Rockwell. Drawing, pursued with devotion and tenacity through the years, was an integral part of Tinkelman’s youth.