Aaron Shikler
(1922 - 2015)

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The Chinese Robe








Portrait painter Aaron Shikler was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1922.  He studied at the Barnes Foundation,
Merion, Pennsylvania, and received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University,
Philadelphia. He also studied at the American University, Shrivenham, England, and the Hans Hoffman School, New
York City. Shikler became an Associate of the National Academy of Design, New York City, in 1962, an Academician in 1965.


His portraits of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, and their wives are in the White House Collection. 
Shikler's portrait of the soon-to-be-President Reagan, in an open-collared denim shirt, appeared on the 1980 cover
of Time magazine.  His portrait of American-born Queen Noor of Jordan may be found in that country's Royal Palace. 
He has also painted portraits of Diana Ross and her daughters, the Edgar Bronfman family, Mrs. Vincent Astor,
Barbara Walters and Giorgio Armani. He painted a photographic portrait of former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin in 1999.
 

His paintings may be seen in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Academy of Design, in
New York City; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina; and National Portrait Gallery,
Washington, D.C.


Aaron Shikler's Posthumous Portrait Study of President John F. Kennedy, 1969, was included in the exhibition of Presidential
portraits, "Power, Politics & Style: Art for the Presidents", September 24, 2000 - January 7, 2001, at the Baltimore Museum of
Art, Maryland.  Shikler's charcoal study for his portrait of Kennedy was exhibited at The Bruce Museum of Arts and Science,
Greenwich, Connecticut, in their show, JFK and Art, September 20, 2003 - January 11,
2004.

 

 

 

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