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 Robert Fink  (1905 - 1989)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: figure, town-landscape painting, and sculpture

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The following was submitted by his daughter Nancy Giacci in September of 2006:

The son of muralist and illustrator Denman Fink, he was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Northeast. The family moved to Coral Gables, Florida, in the early 1920's, where Denman Fink  took part in the design of the community. Robert Fink helped his father in the design of a national advertising campaign for the community, but the Depression hindered the advancement of this project. He became a student at Miami University, where his father subsequently taught, and then moved to New York, where he studied at the Art Students League and then became a magazine and advertising illustrator. Several books carry his  illustrations, including  River of Grass by Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, and The Great Horned Spoon, by Eugene Wright. 

Fink had started in watercolor early on (he sold his first watercolor painting at age 13),  and was a life member of the American Watercolor Society.  In 1947 a studio fire destroyed all his unsold paintings, and he stopped painting in watercolor.  He did commercial illustrations and in the 1960s he returned to painting, this time in oils.  He also began creating large outdoor sculpture, fulfilling  a number of  commissions, including  "Design for Living", a 20 feet high steel sculpture at Cross  Westchester Executive Park in North Elmsford; "The Fountain", made of sheet aluminum at the Scarsdale Library; "Plant", 9 feet high, at the Phelps  Memorial Hiospital Center in North Tarrytown, New York.

His work is in the collections of the Neuberger Museum, the Hudson River Museum, the Reading (Pennsylvania) Museum, and others.

In 1989 he had a retrospective solo show at the Westchester Community College, displaying the three major phases of his artistic life, watercolor, hard-edged painting, and sculpture.

Obituary, July 9, 1989

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