Sunday, December 9, 2012

Robert Pope

 After a phone call this afternoon to my good friend, we were discussing art and she shared her recent experience of seeing a show at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, of the late painter, Robert Pope She asked if I knew who he was, as he'd attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design around the same period of time that I did. Unfortunately I did not and I believe we attended during difference years and just missed one another, as he was ahead of me, as was Alex Livingstone, who had a studio just across the hall from me. I did a search of Robert's name and found this profoundly moving documentary about him, his art and his life. It moved and touched me very deeply, and his story is a real testament to the power of art and the artist.

 I am sorry I never had the privilege of meeting Robert, however I am very grateful to my friend for telling me about him and his work.


Indigene Theresa said...

Thank you so much for sharing this amazing artist with us. The documentary was a beautiful commentary on an artist who shared the parts of humanity that we often don't want to acknowledge because of fear and pain; and he did so in a beautiful way.

Unknown said...

Yes Indigene, I think he had so much to share with the medical profession from a patient's ,and family's perspective. I'm glad you watched it. I was very touched. I wished I'd known him. His work is so powerful. Thank you for your comment.

Michael R. Gaudet said...

Robert and I hung out in Halifax for the last three years of his life.
He was a great and generous friend and a wonderful artist! I had just received my life-saving kidney transplant right about the time he was battling Hodgkins. Thanks for your compassionate post to keep hios memory alive, Catherine.

Unknown said...

Michael, my dear old friend...thank you so much for your comment. It is very timely, as I have been deep in thought lately about people I went to NSCAD with, that have died, touched my life and left a legacy. I've been thinking about writing a post about this and your comment has been a confirmation.
I am so happy to know you and Robert were such good friends and as I said I wished I had known him.