The bloke telling the story to disbelieving couple in the photo is Damian, my friend, and fine art connoisseur of the Northern New York Midlands. It’s a unique story about a very small world, yet a big one too if we still wish it to become more than what the newspapers tell us.
Last May Damian, who is a professor at a nearby college, hosted a group of students for a week long tour of Australia, and then took a personal trip out west to Perth to visit with old friends from a past much more studded with global color than mine.
He posted on Facebook his upcoming travel itinerary (a curvy line with an icon airplane on it stretching from Melbourne to Perth). I commented to have a nice time and jokingly, to say “Hello” to Godfrey Blow, a painter I know. Suddenly in the comment feed, a woman, (who was actually Damian’s hostess in Perth) wrote back something like, “OMG, that is my best friend’s Dad! I know Godfrey Blow!”
That is the smallest art world story I have ever heard. With nearly 8 billion people on earth, and all of them knowing personally one painter in their lifetimes, it’s an incredible coincidence, don’t you think? A month later, Godfrey Blow’s paintings (shown below) were leaving Perth on that long convex real life, real airplane journey to Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Please take a good look at these treasures below. The Internet doesn’t do them justice—it’s an okay storyteller, sure. But let’s be like Damian, and put some adventure into our lives. We can get closer to a Godfrey Blow, and a painting is almost as good as knowing his daughter’s best friend in Perth.
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