Born in 1924, Ellis Eringer was a jazz drummer, acted on Broadway, and drew animation for Walt Disney. In 1969 Papa Duke moved to London to focus on fine art. He discovered Padre Pio, the intercessionist. It is believed portraits Papa Duke painted of Padre Pio helped heal the illnesses of those to whom he gifted those icons. One of his large portraits of Padre Pio graces a wall inside St. Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco. Papa Duke died in 2008. This blog reveres his memory.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
THE ARTIST'S SON
Papa Duke painted this portrait of his middle son for the jacket of his son's novel, Parallel Truths.