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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Illustrator
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Italian Food, Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil
Favorite Quote:
Stay In The Moment.

Birthplace

Born:
7/29/1950
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Illustrator
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Italian Food, Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil
Favorite Quote:
Stay In The Moment.

Birthplace

Born:
7/29/1950
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Glenn Tunstull was born one of four children on July 29, 1950 in Flushing, New York. Tunstull developed a passion for art at an early age, after witnessing his Uncle Leroy sketching a portrait of his parents. Tunstull’s family moved across the country when he was young, from New York to Louisville, Kentucky finally settling in Detroit, Michigan, where Tunstull attended Cass Technical High School and graduated in 1968 with a concentration in commercial art.

Tunstull won a scholarship to Parsons, the New School of Design. He attended the school for two years before working for various pattern companies. By 1970, Tunstull was illustrating for Vogue magazine and was hired as the first African American illustrator at Women’s Wear Daily. Having built a name in the industry, Tunstull augmented his day work with freelance projects for major designers and department stores.

In 1975, at the age of twenty-five, Tunstull moved to Morocco and shortly thereafter, to Europe, where he worked in Paris and Milan. While working abroad Tunstull created fashion illustrations for the Hermes and Kenzo design houses and for fashion publications that included Marie Claire and Votre Beauté. Tunstull himself was featured in Italian Vogue for his work with WWD and Silvano Malto; he returned to the United States in 1977.

In 1979, Tunstull returned to New York City and began working for a variety of publications, including GQ magazine and The New York Times. In the 1990s, Tunstull began teaching fashion art at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and model drawing classes at his alma mater, the Parson’s School of Design. In 1994, Tunstull served as the keynote speaker at the Society of Illustrators Museum for the Best of Fashion and Beauty Illustration Exhibition.

In 1996, Tunstull shifted his career focus to watercolor landscapes depicting scenes inspired by his travels, particularly trips to Brazil, Jamaica, Australia, and Martha’s Vineyard, where he hosted an annual showing of his artwork. In 1997, Tunstull illustrated Kai: A Big Decision, a children’s book by Sharon Shavers Gayle. In 2000, Tunstull again made a shift in his artistic approach, continuing to work in landscapes but using oil paints, expanding his ability to portray different moods.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Glenn Tunstull describes his upbringing in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Glenn Tunstull remembers the influence of Motown in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Glenn Tunstull describes the auto industry in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Glenn Tunstull recalls the previous generation's response to the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Glenn Tunstull describes his home life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Glenn Tunstull remembers the pastimes of his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Glenn Tunstull describes the sights and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Glenn Tunstull recalls his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Glenn Tunstull remembers his early interest in drawing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Glenn Tunstull recalls his aspiration to become a fashion illustrator
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Glenn Tunstull describes his first course in fashion illustration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Glenn Tunstull remembers Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Glenn Tunstull remembers his early interest in fashion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Glenn Tunstull recalls applying to the Parsons School of Design in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Glenn Tunstull remembers the Parsons School of Design
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Glenn Tunstull talks about fashion design and illustration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Glenn Tunstull recalls his interview at the Simplicity Pattern Company, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Glenn Tunstull recalls leaving the Parsons School of Design
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Glenn Tunstull describes the fashion industry of his early career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Glenn Tunstull remembers his introduction to the pattern industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Glenn Tunstull describes his work as a colorist for Vogue Patterns
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Glenn Tunstull talks about the pattern industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Glenn Tunstull recalls his transition to Women's Wear Daily
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Glenn Tunstull describes the Women's Wear Daily trade publication
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Glenn Tunstull recalls the rise of fashion photography
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Glenn Tunstull remembers illustrating Women's Wear Daily
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Glenn Tunstull describes his lifestyle in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Glenn Tunstull reflects upon his career at Women's Wear Daily
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Glenn Tunstull remembers moving to Europe
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Glenn Tunstull remembers his travels to Liberia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Glenn Tunstull remembers his experiences in Italy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Glenn Tunstull describes his career in France
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Glenn Tunstull remembers Carol LaBrie
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Glenn Tunstull remembers meeting James Baldwin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Glenn Tunstull talks about Toyce Anderson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Glenn Tunstull remembers his nostalgia for African American culture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Glenn Tunstull describes his return to the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Glenn Tunstull describes his transition to teaching
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Glenn Tunstull remembers his guests in New York City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Glenn Tunstull describes his teaching career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Glenn Tunstull talks about his students
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Glenn Tunstull recalls being honored by Fashion Outreach
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Glenn Tunstull recalls his address to the Society of Illustrators
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Glenn Tunstull recalls his transition to painting
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Glenn Tunstull describes his decision to show his paintings
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Glenn Tunstull talks about his partner, Joe Steele
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Glenn Tunstull lists the collectors of his art
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Glenn Tunstull talks about his friendship with Robert C. Hayden
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Glenn Tunstull describes his painting technique
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Glenn Tunstull describes his commissioned artwork
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Glenn Tunstull talks about his children's book illustrations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Glenn Tunstull reflects upon the field of fashion illustration
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Glenn Tunstull reflects upon his legacy