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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Irv Docktor ... Illustrator

From a February 2003 biography.

Irv Docktor was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. A graduate of Central High School, he
received a four-year scholarship to The University of the Arts – Philadelphia. In addition, he received scholarships to the Barnes Foundation and the Brooklyn Museum Art School. He served in World War II.

After moving to New York with his wife and three children, he began to do freelance painting and illustration. Amongst the books he has illustrated are “War and Peace,” “Brothers Karamazov,” “Giant Book of American Folklore,” “Eight Tales of Mystery,” by Edgar Allan Poe, and many others.

Besides illustrating books, he made paintings for record album covers, and posters for Broadway
plays including: “Tea and Sympathy” and “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”. He has taught illustration, life drawing and painting, and watercolor at the High School of Art and Design – NY and the Newark School of Fine Art.

Now he devotes full time to painting and exhibiting. His paintings span the latitude from
classical form to Expressionism. Encompassed within the sphere of his work are: portraiture,
figure study and scenic design and all in a variety of artistic media. His love of anatomical beauty, of face and physique, and of form, texture and color permeate his beautiful creations.
Irv has exhibited in numerous major invitational shows, and has had several one-man shows.
He has won many prestigious awards including several, “Best of Show”.

Amongst his memberships are the Salmagundi Club, Pastel Society of America, Garden State
Watercolor Society, New Jersey Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia
Watercolor Society, New Jersey American Artists Professional League, Northeast Watercolor
Society, Ridgewood Art Institute, Ringwood Manor Art Association, and The Society of

Classically trained, Irv’s free, poetic brush strokes and use of color enhance the imaginative and
original quality of his work.

He currently resides with his wife in Fort Lee, NJ.

Biography as provided by Irk Docktor

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