Zinnias

Zinnias

Artist: Thomas Melvin Hinton (1906-1978)
Type: Oil on canvas
Year: circa 1950
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Accession Number: 2008.92.2

An Arkansan who achieved many honors and recognition throughout his lifetime for his artistic talent, native of Texarkana Thomas Melvin Hinton is one of the most gifted commercial artists to emerge from Arkansas during the twentieth century. Early in his career, Hinton was primarily a portrait painter, but in later years he became seriously interested in watercolor. His formal training as an artist was gained through studies at the University of Arkansas, the American Academy in Chicago, the Art Students League in New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago where he received his bachelor's degree. He also worked with numerous eminent American artists including Charles Hawthorne, Elmer Forsberg, Wellington Reynolds, George Oberteuffer, and Elliot O'Hara, artists whose fluid brushwork would greatly influence Hinton’s own work. After graduation he remained in Chicago and eventually specialized in men’s fashion illustrations for the catalogue produced by retail giant Montgomery Ward.
After the Great Depression hit, Hinton returned to Arkansas and found success as a portrait painter. In 1934, Hinton was selected for the Public Works of Art Project, in which he was charged with documenting the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at Boyle State Park in Little Rock. Later in his life, Hinton successfully supported himself through his portraits, still lifes, and landscapes executed in oils and watercolor. The majority of the artist’s work now resides in private or corporate collections.

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