Marvin Mattelson  »  Great Neck, NY

Finalist, Portraits, 2000, Artist's Magazine
Certificate of Merit, 2000, ASOPA

Marvin Mattelson
Great Neck, NY
Fee range: $5,000-$45,000

About the Artist

Marvin Mattelson is an award winning oil portrait painter who draws on over thirty-five years of professional experience as an artist and educator. Nine of Marvin’s paintings are included in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution. The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently acquired one of his paintings for their permanent collection. 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, writer/historian Conner Cruise O’Brien and the Archbishop of New York, Edward Cardinal Egan.

The Portrait Society of America awarded Marvin Mattelson First Place in their 2006 International Portrait Competition for his portrait of His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan. They also presented him with a Certificate of Merit in 2005 and their Merit Award in 2004. He was also the recipient of their Best Portfolio Award, for the past three years. In 2003 he received an Award of Merit in the Artists Magazine Art Competition, having also been selected as a finalist in 2000 and 2001. His portrait of Eric was chosen as the cover image for the New York Society of Portrait Artists 2002 National Invitational and Members Juried Exhibition Call for Entries, where his portrait of Steve Fishbach was given the Distinguished Merit Award.

The American Society of Portrait Artists honored Marvin Mattelson for his Portrait Painting of Eric with the Second Prize award in their 2001 International Portrait Competition, which took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. His portrait of Karin had been selected as a Finalist in their 2000 Competition. In 2002 Marvin was chosen as a finalist by ASOPA for an unprecedented third consecutive year in their Portrait Painting Competition, and received the Honors Award for his portrait of Mr. Stephen Fishbach.

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

Prior to becoming a full time portrait painter, Marvin was an award-winning illustrator. During his career as an illustrator he was commissioned to paint over twenty covers for Time Magazine. A partial list of clients includes Dream Works, IBM, 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.

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. He was the subject of a cover story for the Portrait Society of Atlanta's Folio Magazine and most recently featured in a New York Newsday article on portrait painting.

Marvin was commissioned by Fallon, a London based advertising agency to paint a series of portraits for an Old Speckled Hen advertising campaign. They chose Marvin because they felt his portraits best exemplified the use of the time honored methods they employ to create a premium product. The portraits were utilized in both print and outdoor venues and Marvin, himself, was featured on the Old Speckled Hen website.

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 and his great encouragement. Through Reilly's teacher George A. Bridgeman, Marvin traces his artistic heritage back through the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where 19th Century academic stalwarts, such as Jean Leon Gerome and William Bouguereau, were revered instructors. Gerome studied with Paul DeLaroche, who in turn had studied under Jacques Louis David; Gerome's artistic progeny include Americans Thomas Eakins, Dennis Miller Bunker and William McGregor Paxton, as well as George Bridgeman.

Marvin himself is a distinguished educator, who teaches classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in addition to conducting private portrait and figure painting workshops around the country.

Marvin lives on Long Island in the village of Great Neck, a suburb of New York City.

Portrait Fees

Commissioning a portrait painting is a significant undertaking. A portrait will last for generations, years after the family photos have long since faded. Regardless of the degree of complexity of the painting you commission, Marvin Mattelson always strives to create an heirloom quality portrait masterpiece of the highest standards.

Since a portrait painting is a collaboration between patron and artist, the first step is to establish a dialogue and determine the scope of the painting you desire. Marvin will do his very best to accommodate both your vision and your budget. When you commission Marvin to paint your portrait you are dealing directly with the artist. There are no intermediaries and this ensures your communication is direct and there will be no misinterpretation or misrepresentation. If anything, your expectations will be exceeded. Please contact Marvin directly to discuss the portrait you envision.

Portrait fees start at $5000. The price is based on the following criteria: the number of people or pets in the painting; how much of each subject is to be depicted; the size of the actual painting itself; the intricacy of clothing, jewelry and props; and the complexity of the background setting. Please be aware that the price for a vignette portrait is based on having the subject come to Marvin's studio for either live sittings or for a reference photo session.

Travel expenses, framing costs, shipping fees and any state or city sales tax, where applicable, are additional. A one third non-refundable deposit is required when you sign the contract. A second payment of one third is due when you approve the color study. When the completed portrait is delivered and it meets with your approval, the balance is due.

The following cost estimates are based on approximately life sized, single figure, oil portraits, painted against simple tonal backgrounds. For posthumous portraits an additional 50% surcharge is added to the cost below. Thank you for your interest.

Cameo 11 x 14" $7,500
Head & Shoulders 14 x 18" - 22 x 28" $15,000
Half length 22 x 30" - 28 x 34" $25,000
Three-quarter length 30 x 36" - 38 x 48" $35,000
Full length 38 x 48" - 42 x 70" $50,000
Cameo 11 x 14" $7,500
Head & Shoulders 14 x 18" - 18 x 22" $12,500
Half length 18 x 24" - 22 x 28" $20,000
Three-quarter length 22 x 28" - 28 x 34" $30,000
Full length 24 x 30" - 34 x 48" $40,000
Portrait Vignettes
This is a less formal solution to portraiture than a fully resolved painting. The face is completely developed but the majority of the painting varies in its degree of finish. It conveys a spontaneous quality which works well in children's portraits.
Please click here to see an example of a portrait vignette in a new window.
Vignette portrait 14 x 18" $10,000

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Northampton School for Boys
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Jewish Social Services Agency
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Sir Humphrey Cripps
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