Per Kirkeby, Danish Painter passed yesterday. It's hit me hard. Not sure that I thought he'd be here forever or that I'd ever meet him myself, but it feels like a family member left the universe.
He has given so much to me in just viewing his work. I was lucky enough to view a huge retrospective of his work while I was in Denmark for my artist residency in 2015. At the time, I had just learned that he had publicly announced his end to painting, he had suffered a stroke. That made me sad at the time, and anxious. I did a few drawings while in Denmark around my thoughts of Kirkeby and painting, or giving it up.
Now he's gone, leaving quite a legacy. One of the most prolific living artists I've discovered.
I will still look to his work to discover more and more about painting. Reading his writings has been quite an eye opener for me, I have just the one book translated from Danish, and will look for more.