About the Artist
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born and raised in Michigan, Robert Anderson was educated at Yale University and the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts. His tours of duty in the US Navy included Vietnam combat service with the Mobile Riverine Force in the Mekong Delta. His studio is in southwestern Connecticut.
In addition to painting privately commissioned portraits since 1973, for fifteen years Mr. Anderson was illustrator for the John H. Breck Company. His pastel portraits appeared in Breck Shampoo print advertising and in commercials on American and Canadian network television. As spokesman for Breck, he appeared on numerous local and network television news programs and talk shows, including CNN's "Take Two" and ABC's "Entertainment Tonight".
Between 1984 and 1989 he was under contract with the United States Postal Service to execute portraits for a number of U. S. postage stamps in the Great Americans Series. Issues include stamps honoring John Harvard, after whom Harvard University is named, Red Cloud, celebrated chief of the Oglala Sioux Nation, and the famous Hunkpapa Sioux Chief Sitting Bull.
Notable commissions include the official portraits of former Massachusetts governors, William F. Weld and Edward J. King, former Yale chaplain and SANE/FREEZE President William Sloane Coffin, and a double portrait of former MIT President and Mrs. Paul Gray. In 2002 President George W. Bush selected Mr. Anderson to paint his portrait for the Yale Club of New York City. Mr. Anderson’s portrait of former Massachusetts Senator Edward W. Brooke was chosen by the senator to appear on the jacket cover of his recently published autobiography, Bridging the Divide - My Life - Senator Edward W. Brooke.
The White House selected Mr. Anderson to paint the official portrait of President George W. Bush for the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, unveiled at the end of 2008. His portrait of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was unveiled in August of 2010. Current commissions include portraits of former Department of Homeland Security Cabinet Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff.