Most of us are rather familiar with Gloria Vanderbilt. She is a member of the famous Vanderbilt family of New York. She is an actress, an author, an heiress, and socialite. You may also recall her foray into the fashion scene as a designer of blue jeans. And let us not forget that she is also the mother of television celebrity, Anderson Cooper. With all of this to her credit, she is also an artist, and a rather accomplished one at that.
Vanderbilt studied at the Art Students League of New York, where she gained notoriety for her watercolor and pastel paintings. In 1968, her artwork was adapted and licensed by Hallmark for use on greeting cards and also by textile manufacturer, Bloomcraft. Vanderbilt then went on to design specifically for linens, china, glassware, and flatware.
In the 1970's here artistic talents lead her to venture into fashion design of linens, scarves, jeans, dresses, and other couture.
Her first art exhibition was in 2001 at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. The exhibit, titled "DREAM BOXES", was acclaimed a critical success. In 2007, she displayed 35 more paintings at the arts center.
A number of her famous "portraits" will be on exhibit Feb 26 - Mar 23, 2014, at 1stdibs Gallery, 200 Lexington Ave, NY, NY.
Paintings, clockwise from top, "Autumn", "Joyce Carol Oates", "Lavender Wedding", and "Aurelia with Cat" by GLORIA VANDERBILT.