The elusive nature of art captivates all of us at one time or another in our lives, and many people seek the peace and sense of accomplishment that producing their own work provides. This spirit was tapped back in 1950 when Dan Robbins helped to create the first Paint by Numbers kit in cooperation with Max S. Klein, the owner of Palmer Paint Company in Detroit. At one point as many as twelve million paint-by-number kits were sold per year. Though demand dwindled in the late 1950’s, Robbins’ designs have since become both collectible treasures and the subject of museum exhibitions, often as sociological artifacts.
A commercial artist, Robbins has always recognized that what he does straddles the line between art and craft, but he’s rightfully proud of this. His work has allowed many who would not otherwise have the expertise or time to paint to enjoy a creative outlet. And who’s to say how many budding artists were inspired to great things through his kits?
|Gone But Not Forgotten by Dan Robbins|