Oct 8, 2013

Ned Bittinger | Award Winning American Figurative Painter

Ned Bittinger is an award winning portrait painter who enjoys painting figurative scenes, landscapes, and illustrations  A native Washingtonian, Ned attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio and returned to D.C. to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree at George Washington University.

Influenced by such great artists as John Sargent, Tyla Repin, Valentin Serov and N.C. Wyeth, Ned paints in a style of realism that retains fresh and spontaneous brushwork thereby imparting energy and immediacy to his paintings.
His list of portrait subjects includes; Sec. Of State James A. Baker and Lawrence Eagleburger for the US State Department John Evans, a founder of C-Span, Shirley MacLaine, and many leaders of the corporate, legal, medical and diplomatic professions. His paintings are included in the collections of Dr. Henry Kissinger, University of Virginia, Loyola College, George Washington University, and the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
During the last four years Scholastic Press has commissioned him to illustrate several children's books. His most recent, “Rocking Horse Christmas", written by Mary Pope Osborne was chosen by The American Booksellers as their “Pick of the List". His second book, "The Blue and the Gray", written by Eve Bunting was selected by the international Readers Association as their "Teacher's Choice" and by the children of Indiana for their “Hoosiers Young Readers Award". In 1995 the American Library Association awarded Ned's first book, “The Matzah that Papa Brought Home", by Fran Manushkin the Notable Children's Book award.
Articles written about Ned and Reproductions of his artwork have been included in such publications as Architectural Digest, Georgetown and Country, Albemarle Magazine, Washingtonian Magazine, People Magazine, The Artist's Magazine, American Artist, Land's End Catalog, and the Charlottesville Daily Progress. Inquires about original paintings, commissions or limited edition prints are accepted through Discovery Galleries, Ltd.

A native of Washington, D.C., Ned Bittinger attended Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland, before leaving the area for Denison University in Ohio. He returned to D.C., however, to earn his Master's of Fine Arts degree at George Washington University, and now lives in Rappahannock County, Virginia, with his wife, Mary. Bittinger is an award-winning painter of portraits, and his subjects have included James A. Baker and Lawrence Eagleburger for the State Department; Shirley MacLaine; Nancy M. Kissinger; and many leaders of the corporate, legal, medical, and diplomatic professions.
Bittinger also paints landscapes and figurative scenes, and his work reflects the influence of such great artists as John Singer Sargent, Ilya Repin, Valentin Serov, and N.C. Wyeth. His use of the “alla prima” technique, in which wet paint is skillfully manipulated, gives his brushwork and thus his paintings immediacy. It is this energy that makes his work particularly suited to illustration, and readers will remember his stunning paintings from Fran Manushkin's The Matzah That Papa Brought Home, Eve Bunting's The Blue and the Gray, and Mary Pope Osborne's Rocking Horse Christmas.

AWARDS AND COMMISSIONS1993-97 Scholastic, Inc., illustrate children's books
1996 Darden School Foundation of the University of Virginia - portrait of Colgate Darden
1994, 1995 U.S. State Department official portraits of James A. Baker II and Lawrence Eagleburger, Secretaries of State
1995 Benefactors portraits for Elon College, Burlington, North Carolina
1991 Selected as Exhibiting Artist in Moscow by Washington - Moscow Art Exchange
1989-88 Mural series for Montgomery County Public Schools
1988 Benefactors' portraits for Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
1986 Awarded grant by The Washington D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
1982 Kreeger Awards Competition, Hayes Freedman Purchase Prize, Washington, D.C.
1981 David Lloyd Kreeger Award, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

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