New York City Painter and Illustrator

About Robert Shore

Photo by Ken Wittenberg

Photo by Ken Wittenberg

When I was a kid in the Bronx, I imagined I was a pilot flying on my fire escape airplane. Later during service in World War II I was a Staff Artist for the Stars and Stripes, the Army newspaper, in Paris. I had the privilege of traveling back to Europe on a commission from the Air Force and later of being a witness to the liftoff of Gordon Cooper in the Mercury Atlas rocket at Cape Canaveral. Some nine of my paintings of that mission are in the collection of the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian in Washington and at NASA Space Center in Houston and one even traveled around the U.S. on the Art Train from 2001-03. In between I illustrated Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon for the Limited Editions Club.

Through the G.I. Bill of Rights I studied fulltime at Cranbrook Academy in Michigan 1948-51 after the Boro Polytecnic in London. I studied painting as well at the Art Students League in NYC, won a Fulbright Fellowship in painting in 1951, first prize at Vanderbilt’s Young Americans Competition for Ceramic Sculpture at America House and continued to sculpt for many years.

My paintings are in permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C., the Newbury Library, Chicago, Museum of the Cranbrook Academy, U.S. Air Force Art Collection, U. S. Coast Guard Collection, School of Visual Arts Gallery and Museum of the University of Mississippi. My New York gallery affiliation was with the Betsy Marsden Gallery, Union Square, NY. I’ve exhibited my paintings at National Gallery, Washington, D.C., Detroit Institute of Fine Arts, Cooper Union, Syracuse University, Cornell University, University of Pittsburgh, Kansas City Art Institute, Wright, Hepburn and Webster Gallery and the Broome Street Gallery, NYC among others.

I began teaching painting at Cooper Union and also taught at School of Visual Arts, Art Students League, Syracuse University and Parsons School of Design. I was fortunate to illustrate for Esquire, Time, Fortune, NBC and CBS, among others. I enjoyed illustrating Moby Dick for McMillan and Melville’s other works for Limited Editions which also commissioned me to illustrate several of Joseph Conrad’s great novels. One of them, for Billy Budd won the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators in 1966.

My wife Marietta and I are celebrating our fiftieth year of marriage and we are very proud of our son Evan as well as my daughter Gigi Rosenberg (from my previous marriage) and our granddaughter Sophie. And now at 90 I’m using the internet to share my paintings mostly done in the last 20 years of my life after my retirement from teaching at Parsons School of Design.

-- Robert Shore, New York City, January 2014


Robert Shore passed away on April 30, 2014 at the age of ninety.