David Gilhooly passed away this week at his home in Oregon. He was creative, energetic, fearless, funny and larger than life. Dear David, you inspired me, encouraged me, spoke truth to me, made me laugh, and were my friend. You will live forever in my heart. (Apr 15, 1943 – Aug 21, 2013) RIP
The British Press is calling it “cheeky” and a “bum deal.” Welsh artist Sue Williams, 53, was awarded a £20,000 ($32,760 US) grant to study cultural attitudes towards female buttocks. Mrs. Williams explained, “The project is taking on the issues around the bottom and how it is viewed in contemporary culture and viewed by the male.” Her evaluation process entails making plaster casts of women’s behinds.
The Arts Council of Wales awarded the grant, which was funded by lottery sales. Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament Adrian Sanders speculated that most people would question using the lottery money for this purpose. However, the comments on The Sun’s web site ranged from wry to favorable. There were more than a couple of offers of assistance.
Congressman Wally Herger, representing the people of California’s District 2, was on hand at the unveiling of the Ronald Reagan statue in the Capitol Rotunda on June 3, 2009. Below are his written comments about the event, and a video he recorded as he stood in front of the statue:
I wanted to let you know about a recent event commemorating one of California’s greatest historical figures. Yesterday, in the Capitol Rotunda, Congress dedicated a statue honoring former President Ronald Reagan. I was fortunate to have the honor of attending the ceremony. It was a moving ceremony and I can think of no person more worthy of this tribute than President Reagan. President Reagan’s contributions to the United States include helping to end the Cold War by bringing the Soviet Union to its knees, and sparking an unprecedented era of economic growth and job creation through his support for across-the-board tax relief on the American people.
“Former First Lady Nancy Reagan delivered remarks in remembrance of her husband. At the unveiling, Mrs. Reagan commented that it was a “wonderful likeness” of her late husband. Leaders of both the House of Representatives and the Senate gave speeches honoring our 40th President along with his former Chief of Staff and Treasury Secretary James Baker. The 7-foot, bronze statue contains pieces of the Berlin Wall, in recognition of his unyielding commitment to freedom everywhere.”
Reagan Statue in National Statuary Hall Collection [Art2u; June 3, 2009]
On any given April 15th, many Americans are sweating out last minute tax returns. But my thoughts always turn to my good friend David Gilhooly. He was born April 15, 1943, in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. A sculptor, painter, printmaker and all-around fine artist, David rose to prominence in the 1960s as a creative force of the California Funk Art movement.
In the late 1980’s, I had the privilege of getting to know David Gilhooly when I worked as his assistant at a printmaking studio in California.
Happy Birthday David!