90!

JD n books.jpgToday, December 20 here in 2016 my dad turns 90.

Ninety frikken years old! That’s crazy! And kinda really great too, of course.

So I thought I’d showcase some pix of the old guy.

He’s dedicated much of his life to the doing and teaching of art. I admire that. And I’m JD at WHEEL STDNTS.jpgproud of him for it.

So along with that and in the general interest of longevity and of his making it that long here on planet Earth and what he’s weathered (in the last 15 years: a heart attack, broken hips, a minor stroke and this year a major one, which he unbelievably bounced substantially back from… to say nothing of also living through Nazi bombing of England in WW-II & a harsh Catholic school education, his own stint in the army immediately after the war ended, decades of the vagueries of art sales, a black widow bite and the ups and downs of almost a century of temper tantrums and human rights rollbacks and degradations by political conservatives & the intolerant on both sides of the pond)–I offer up a WooHoo! and a happy birthday to him, born lo those many years ago on December 20, 1926.

Now for the nifty pix

The earliest picture I have of him, he was 13 when it was taken, visting, apparently, Shakespeare’s hometown. The girl to his left (on the right of the pic) is his older sister Winifred (she passed away about almost a year ago).

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Seven years later, he was in the British Army, stationed in Egypt; he’s the tall one.

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This is how I best remember him (and had the best interactions with him).

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But…we do all age, of course, and this is a more recent shot, from a few years ago, taken by my nephew.

Happy personal anniverary dude!

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  1. John Dunn is my friend and an amazing man. We both live in North San Diego county. I first met him in 2005 when I knocked on the door of his studio in Fallbrook, California. I think he was understandably cynical when I said, “I’m a caricaturist and I’ve never done sculpture but I think I know how.”

    After several years under his guidance, I am now a caricaturist AND a sculpture. Amazing huh? I have learned much more than sculpture (he also taught me to weld). He is accomplished artist, sculptor, potter, painter and a student of world history, art history, famous artists.

    I love to see John’s old photos, portfolios of his artwork and hear his stories. He was commissioned to do a pottery piece for the Queen of England, knew Andy Warhol (he said Andy is talented but “not a nice man”) and did the college/university speaking tour with Buckminster Fuller, to whom he refers as “Bucky”.

    He had a stroke last year (2016) and has lost the use of his right hand. His left hand has limited movement. He is now living at the Lifecare Center in Vista, California. I try to visit him every week and bring him grapes, candy, art books. I am helping him learn read eBooks.

    Rex Bright
    Rex@RexBright.com

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