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Book details
  • Genre:ART
  • SubGenre:American / African American
  • Language:English
  • Pages:176
  • Format:Hard Cover

Tunstull - From Fashion to Fine Art

The Tunstull Art Odyssey

by Glenn Tunstull and Jelani Bandele

Overview

Painter, illustrator and educator Glenn Tunstull has a pre-occupation with
sky, water and light. It may well be what drew him to the Hudson River Valley after years of living in New York City and abroad. The change of seasons so evident in the Valley is the muse for his landscapes, both abstract and real, reminiscent of Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpieces. Since moving to upstate New York in 2002, Tunstull has painted every season, capturing the splendor of fall foliage along the Taconic, the blanketing of pristine snow from his studio window atop a hill in Claverack and the bucolic beauty of Hudson in spring and summer. While there is much to capture at home, Tunstull’s love of art knows no borders. His settings, thus far, have extended from the pastoral elegance of Surrey, England, to the energetic and breathtaking colors of Bahia and Rio De Janeiro, from the beautiful and historical grandeur of Paris to the far-flung flourishes of Australia, Bali, Italy and Japan.  For more than a decade Tunstull has exhibited annually on Martha’s Vineyard, building a recognizable body of work and a faithful following of fans and collectors. Tunstull teaches fashion drawing at Parsons School of Design and Marist College; and his legacy as a fashion illustrator is documented in The HistoryMakers, an African American history collection, and WWD Illustrated: 1960s-1990s, by Michele Wesen Bryant.

Jelani Bandele is a writer, author, educator and business strategist, living in Brooklyn, New York.  Fashion, beauty, art and entertainment have been her areas of interest for four decades as she moved from lending her talents to the iconic Fairchild and Billboard Publications, to entrepreneurial endeavors in healthcare, public relations, management and creative advisement.  Once called the mayor of Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill/Fort Greene neighborhood by friends and colleagues, Bandele penned Plenty: The Ultimate Guide to Life & Leisure in Clinton Hill/Fort Greene in 2003.  In 2016 she co-authored two books covering some of her favorite subjects: The Art of Dressing Curves with Susan Moses and From Fashion to Fine Art with Glenn Tunstull.  She is currently working on a legacy project to promote the contributions of African American fashion, beauty, art and entertainment professionals.

Bandele Has been honored for community service by the New York State Assembly and The Council of The City of New York, and media service by The Black Alumni of Pratt Institute.

Glenn Tunstull and
Jelani Bandele met at a party in Clinton Hill in the 1980s. They became fast friends and learned their paths had crossed many times, from the hallowed halls of Fairchild Publications to Parisian adventures and shared colleagues. Over two decades Tunstull has entrusted Bandele to tell his story, as a writer, a publicist, and as his business strategist since 2013.

Description
Tunstull From Fashion to Fine Art is an engaging, fully illustrated, real-life story highlighting the quest of celebrated artist Glenn Tunstull as he scaled the exclusive, fast paced world of fashion—from design studios to prestigious retail operations and global beauty concerns—and subsequently fine art in pursuit of his dream to be a recognized artist. This telling story captures Tunstull’s creative growth and accomplishments through racial barriers and societal limitations in the U.S. and abroad, his move to Africa and Europe to explore creative opportunities in concert with his former partner, fine artist Toyce Anderson, his subsequent return to the US as an international artist struggling to regain his footing in his original career, and his pivot to teaching, and eventually fine art, as a world traveler. The stunning visuals highlight Tunstull’s creations for such iconic titles as Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue, W and Playbill, celebrated designers such as Joseph Abboud, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Nicole Miller, and renowned retailers such as Henri Bendel, Blooomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus, as well as his exploration as a fine artist, from representational watercolors and oils to abstracts. From cover to cover readers will enjoy Tunstull’s exciting journey and follow every step of his creative life.
About the author
Painter, illustrator and educator Glenn Tunstull has a pre-occupation with
sky, water and light. It may well be what drew him to the Hudson River Valley after years of living in New York City and abroad. The change of seasons so evident in the Valley is the muse for his landscapes, both abstract and real, reminiscent of Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpieces. Since moving to upstate New York in 2002, Tunstull has painted every season, capturing the splendor of fall foliage along the Taconic, the blanketing of pristine snow from his studio window atop a hill in Claverack and the bucolic beauty of Hudson in spring and summer. While there is much to capture at home, Tunstull’s love of art knows no borders. His settings, thus far, have extended from the pastoral elegance of Surrey, England, to the energetic and breathtaking colors of Bahia and Rio De Janeiro, from the beautiful and historical grandeur of Paris to the far-flung flourishes of Australia, Bali, Italy and Japan. For more than a decade Tunstull has exhibited annually on Martha’s Vineyard, building a recognizable body of work and a faithful following of fans and collectors. Tunstull teaches fashion drawing at Parsons School of Design and Marist College; and his legacy as a fashion illustrator is documented in The HistoryMakers, an African American history collection, and WWD Illustrated: 1960s-1990s, by Michele Wesen Bryant.
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