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Our Heroes

Kenneth Paul Block

It’s a rare occurrence when the brilliance of an artist’s work is matched by the warmth and generosity of his heart. Kenneth Paul Block – an idol from art school -  was the personification of this. His illustrations were like no one else’s – bold, emotional, gestural, immediate – with a gift for line like you’ve never seen. I first met him in 1978 and he was so kind and complimentary about my drawings - I just couldn’t believe it - this giant saying such things to this kid. Later on I watched Kenneth draw Nancy Donahue and Lise Ryall in our showroom – an outrageous gift of an opportunity. It was amazing. No gesture. No drama. No mistakes. No start-overs. He just drew – perfectly, exactingly, quietly – from head to toe until – in absolute perfect proportion - he finished. I have this same drawing in my studio, a generous, sweet, cherished gift from KPB many years later.  What could be better than to have a hero whom you know to be as personally wonderful as his glorious work?  Try that with Picasso. I think not!