Dan Robbins, the beloved creator who created the first paint-by-numbers paintings, died last Monday in Ohio, at the age of 93. His family informed of the death to the Associated Press.
Dan Robbins, the innovative mind behind the paint by numbers kits, was born in 1925 and passed away in 2019. Robbins conceived the idea for paint by numbers in the early 1950s, making him around his mid-20s when he introduced this revolutionary concept to the world.
Robbins first came up with the idea of the paintings while working at a Paint Company in Detroit in the 1940, inspired by Leonardo DaVinci, who had used numbered backgrounds to teach his students and Robbins wanted to try something similar.
At first the paintings were mocked and nobody thought the idea would succeed, but it went on to become a national sensation in the subsequent decade, with year sales peaking at 2 million kits. The art form remains a piece of American culture after all this time.
In 2001, the Smithsonian Institution celebrated the phenomenon with a themed exhibition in 2001 at the National Museum of American History.
Robbins lived by his wife, two sons, and several grandchildren.
Celebrating Dan Robbins: The Journey of a Visionary
In the bustling post-war era, a young Dan Robbins envisioned a world where art was accessible to everyone, not just the trained or naturally gifted. The idea was simple yet revolutionary: provide a kit with a pre-outlined, numbered canvas and matching paints, allowing anyone to create beautiful artworks regardless of their skill level. This innovation was not just about painting; it was about opening the doors of art to the masses, making creativity accessible, and instilling confidence in those who doubted their artistic abilities.
Robbins' journey from a young visionary to the father of Paint By Numbers is a testament to the power of innovation and the enduring desire for creative expression. Passing away in 2019 at the age of 93, Robbins left behind a legacy that continues to inspire artists and non-artists alike, proving that art truly is for everyone.
ohh thats a really sad news, i love paint by numbers... we owe this man a lot.... He saved many lives with his invention.
Jenny: Apr 5, 2019
The world has lost a true pioneer. Dan Robbins' Paint By Numbers kits were my first foray into art. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations.
John Smith: July 8, 2019
So saddened to hear about Dan Robbins. His invention brought so much joy to my childhood and helped me discover my passion for painting. Rest in peace.
Emily Johnson: September 15, 2019
Dan Robbins changed the way we think about art, making it accessible to all. His contribution will never be forgotten. My deepest condolences.
Michael Williams: December 2, 2019
A legend has passed. Dan Robbins' Paint By Numbers was a gateway to creativity for so many of us. His memory will live on through every canvas we fill.
Sarah Brown: June 18, 2020
Heartbreaking news. Dan Robbins was a visionary who democratized art, showing us that anyone can be an artist. He will be dearly missed.
David Jones: October 9, 2020
Today, we mourn the loss of Dan Robbins but celebrate the incredible impact he had on the art world. His Paint By Numbers kits were a gift to us all.
Jessica Garcia: August 22, 2021
Dan Robbins' legacy is immeasurable. He brought art into the homes of millions with his innovative kits. My thoughts are with his family.
Christopher Martinez: March 3, 2022
I'm truly saddened by the passing of Dan Robbins. His Paint By Numbers kits were a bright spot in my childhood, sparking a lifelong love of art.
Laura Wilson: September 25, 2022
Dan Robbins was a hero to many aspiring artists, including myself. His Paint By Numbers kits proved that art is for everyone. He will be sorely missed.
James Anderson: August 18, 2023
The news of Dan Robbins' death is a great loss. He not only created Paint By Numbers but also painted a brighter world for all of us. His spirit will live on in every brushstroke.
Elizabeth Taylor: January 27, 2024