Jospeh Webster Golinkin

American , 1896 - 1977

Joseph Webster Golinkin was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1896. Golinkin began his career in art as a newspaper illustrator and by the mid 1920s, he had worked extensively for “The New York Times”, “Vanity Fair” “Country Life” and “Fortune”, among other publications. Following WWI, Golinkin went to New York City to attend the Art Students League. He deliberately avoided studying in Europe in a quest for a uniquely American style. He studied under Social Realist artist, George Luks, whose friendship earned him distinction early in his career.

His works are known for encompassing a wide range of subjects, including sports genre, polo contests, landscape scenes of South Florida and Genre views of New York City. His polo works of the history of polo at Meadow Brook in the 1930s include 35 handcolored lithographs, 29 black and white lithographs and 20 watercolors. American life during the 1920s and 1930s is depicted with subjects such as dance halls, speakeasies, and jazz bands.

In 1939, Golinkin began service in the Navy, which would last for twenty years, greatly disrupting his art career. His later works were devoted to marine activities such as ocean racing, namely the America’s Cup. Several of these pictures appeared in the book “Twelve Meter Challenges for the America’s Cup”, published in 1977 by Norris Hoyt.
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