immolation SELF-PORTRAIT from 1979 posting Winter Solstice 2010

This is me 31 years ago. Thank you, Universe, for every
minute, in flames or lain down by cool waters.

Selfportrait 79o001Oil on board 33 x 12 inches

Rich, Dead

Rich Lanier is the first person I ever saw dead. He died in Beth Israel Hospital: lung cancer; brain tumors; pneumonia. Suzanne was still alive, and we had heard he was heading toward the door. He left five minutes before we got there. He’d been the road manager for a famous rock band. The music was blaring and people were dancing in the hospital room. I couldn’t take my eyes off him. The body, so obviously a flesh garment cast off. I painted this from memory shortly thereafter. Needed to get it out of my head. I hope it gets into yours.