Kevin Sprouls introduced the hallmark portrait style to the Wall Street Journal in 1979.
Between 1979 and 1987, Kevin worked on staff for the paper, creating illustrations and
hiring and training artists in the style. At the time of his departure from the daily activity of
working for the paper, he was Assistant Art Director in charge of the in-house artists, which
numbered 4-5 staff artists, and 2-3 part-timers.
He has been quite active in the freelance illustration sphere since then, contributing to
advertising, publishing, editorial and corporate projects. His style is notable for its high
level of detail and traditional, engraving-like effect.
Sprouls' work has been featured in the Smithsonian magazine, a web exhibit of the
National Portrait Gallery, and a major exhibit celebrating Columbus Day which was
mounted in Grand Central Terminal, New York in 2005. He is currently the principal
portrait artist for Worth Magazine. He was the portraitist for the popular Infiniti "Drivers"
ad campaign, appearing weekly in the Wall Street Journal for the 2+ years. In addition to
various corporate and advertising projects, Kevin’s recent work has appeared in Fortune,
Forbes, Runner’s World, GQ, Sportrs Illustrated, Time (International Edition), Euroman, and
Esquire magazines. Recent book projects include the Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures, The Art of Demotivation,
The Executive’s Almanac, and The Anthology of Really Important Modern Poetry.
His work is featured and discussed in Matthew May’s latest book, The Laws of Subtraction.
His pen is housed in the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Kevin Sprouls is married with 2 grown children, and lives in New Bern, North Carolina.
His comprehensive blog is