Friday, January 1, 2016

PAPA DUKE WOULD HAVE BEEN 92 ON JANUARY 5th





In the early 1970s, wandering through the Science Museum, London with my father, we happened upon a large painting of Waterloo train station painted in 1967 by an artist named Shaun Stothard.

Inspecting the painting, I discovered a figure in its lower left center that looked exactly like my father, that is, how he looked in 1967, carrying an artist's portfolio, the same as he used to carry.






I called my father over and together we marveled at the likeness of him.

Although in 1967 we still lived in southern California, my father had spent a month in London during mid-1967, and must have gotten frozen in time in a photo taken by the artist in preparation for his work of art.


I occasionally wondered about this painting, especially after my father passed in 2008.


A few weeks ago, through a few deft strokes on my keyboard, I found it on Google images.



Thursday, July 26, 2012

FATE OF ALBERTO



From...


Back in January 2008, I posted two stories from the August 1954 issue of Tales of Horror #12: "Welcome to My School" and "The Pallbearers.
"Today's fateful post comes from the same issue, and it's a wonderfully wicked tale of black magic and epic DOOM, superbly visualized by Ellis Eringer. 
I have to say, as good as today's story is, it's nothing compared to the fascinating man who illustrated it.

Friday, September 23, 2011

SAD ANNIVERSARY



In loving memory of Papa Duke,

who died three years ago today.






Thursday, April 14, 2011

FORD'S THEATER



Papa Duke earned his art degree with this pen & ink of Abraham Lincoln arriving at Ford's Theater while assassin John Wilkes Booth lurks nearby, awaiting his opportunity to strike, on April 14th, 1865.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

PAPA DUKE



Sketching, over cappuccino, at his favorite Monaco cafe.

Friday, March 11, 2011

HITLER: THE ULTIMATE TYRANT



This astonishing bronze bust features a grotesque glimpse of the Holocaust inside Hitler's hollow head.

To view it, one looks through Hitler's eyes.