Dearly Departed, 1994

Dearly Departed, 1994 - Linoleum Block Print, 9 x 12 inches, 2009

Dearly Departed, 1994 – Linoleum Block Print, 9 x 12 inches, 2009

Dearly Departed, 1994 (2009) has to be one of my favorite linoleum block prints of all time.

I created this print for the 15 year anniversary members exhibit at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. Dearly Departed at the time was a print of fifteen famous, dead people from fifteen years ago.

The really fun part of the block print was asking people if they could name any or all of the famous people depicted. Alas, not one person could even get half way through the list, which makes me wonder what we were all smoking fifteen years ago that we’ve since forgot these people.

Yes, I know my block print might be to blame, but after I tell you the names below, you might change your mind.

Here are all the people on Dearly Departed, 1994:

Top Row (from left)

  • Cesar Romero (actor)
  • Telly Savalas (actor)
  • John Candy (actor)
  • Walter Lantz (creator of Woody Woodpecker)
  • Kurt Cobain (musician)

Middle Row (from left)

  • Richard Nixon (president)
  • John Wayne Gacy (serial killer)
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis (first lady)
  • Nicole Brown Simpson (allegedly killed by O.J. Simpson)
  • Ronald Goldman (allegedly killed by O.J. Simpson)

Bottom Row (from left)

  • Henry Mancini (composed The Pink Panther theme)
  • Kim Il-sung (dictator)
  • Raoul Julia (actor)
  • Cab Calloway (musician)
  • Jeffrey Dahmer (serial killer)

Okay, so it leaned a little heavy toward the macabre.

I liked this print so much, that I have decided to do a series of Dearly Departed prints. It is truly interesting how are times are defined by the people who have died and how we remember them.

In addition to this series, I am also considering a Newly Arrived series, which will be famous people in the year they were born. This should be exciting. Cheers.