Artist Robert de Michiell, who was best known for his pop culture illustrations and Broadway poster art, died on Oct. 12, at his home in New York. He had been battling cancer and was 57 years old.
De Michiell's work had been seen regularly in Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He is survived by his husband, theatrical manager Jeffrey Wilson.
The artist's death came a day before a retrospective of his work opened at ClampArt in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. "On Fire Island" features 22 of de Michiell's watercolors painted from 1998 to 2015, all inspired by New York's iconic gay beach resort. The day-long, Oct. 13, exhibit will mark the first time that all 22 of de Michiell's Fire Island paintings will be displayed collectively.
According to a press release, the paintings portray Fire Island as "a whimsical, sexy, candy-colored Shangri-La, full of pumped-up beach boys frolicking in the waves and finding love beneath the setting sun."
"These paintings symbolize my love for Fire Island and the friendships I've made there through the years," de Michiell told The Huffington Post in an email prior to his death. "As we head into fall, I'm so glad these pieces are being shown together, allowing us all one last glimpse of summer's magic."
The exhibit will ensure that de Michiell's legacy will live on for years to come.
You'll be missed, Robert.
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