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(22) Honey Hamill
Wed, 29 September 2010 20:00:22 +0000

Today would be Van's 63rd birthday. I knew him when he was a teenager and student @ Visual Arts in NYC.His art was older than he was! Very glad to have known him - too bad the rest of the world couldn't - he was a breath of fresh air!

(21) Martin Dow
Wed, 22 September 2010 02:34:56 +0000

Van was an awesome friend back in the late seventies in Key West and drew some sketches for me that represented how I did my job at that time as a D.J. at the Monster. A true talent and kind human being. Sadly missed along with many others along the way.

(20) Bud Baker
Mon, 5 April 2010 16:28:47 +0000

Purchased this 36" x 46" (Foo Dog) in late 70's or early 80's in Key West. Possibly was displayed at the "Monster" bar and may have been a group of 7 paintings. We love it and it has been prominently displayed in our home all of these years. How do we send a picture?

(19) Paul Crist
Sat, 13 March 2010 01:59:28 +0000
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I have a Van Eno painting from 1983 that is very similar in style and them to "The Archer." Will send a photo soon...The painting is at my home in Puerto Vallarta, and I'm in NYC right now. The painting I have has the same dense vegetation surrounding the colorful central characters, being a yellow and red striped dragon observing what appears to be a make figure lying only see his legs and feet...the rest is behind a large root of a tree. I always believed the theme is masturubation... You can't see it, but it just looks like a male figure lying in the woods jerking off...even the dragon seems to suggest this, for some reason. It's a fantastic piece, And I just had it re-framed. I love it!

(18) Edward N Thurston
Sat, 6 March 2010 17:19:20 +0000

I was a very close friend of Van's & was his main caregiver in his final days. We had both moved to KW around the same time. I had bought one of his first works that he had put up for sale shortly after moving there. Thru that work of his we became very close friends (no sex...just good friends). Van was an early AIDS victum. Back then it was a fast & furious death. Very heart breaking!!! Needles to say I lost 95 percent of my friends to that disease back then. I reached a point where I just had to GET OUT of what KW had become because of AIDS. I had 3 or 4 of Van's large works & over the years I have sold them. It was not easy for me to live with them!!! I do have the final work Van worked on up to his is signed but not finished. When I get a new computer I will send a copy (front & back) of that picture to you. I just discovered this website in the last few days & was sooooooooooooooo happy that Van's work has the LOVE it deserves. Back in the early days of this New Century I spent much time in Laos. It's an amzing-amazing place...another planet really. I would always think about Van & if he were here now he would get to experience the same joy & happiness that Laos has given me. 5 years ago...unfortunately for me...after only being back in America from Laos for 2 weeks I had a BadAss stroke. I am very-very fortunate to have made an amazing recovery. To meet me one would not even guess that I had had a killer stroke. I would greatly appreciate that this be treated as a letter to M&M & not a post. I will work on a better post when I have the time. I am very slow these say the least. Thank you both for the creating this site for Van!!! He would be very pleased with it...laofalang
ps...if you ever want to try another planet - give Laos a visit. My project this year is to put together a return...also please excuse any bad spelling or such...I used to be a decent writer etc. but...'

(17) chauncey huber
Fri, 5 March 2010 01:15:06 +0000

I have Van Enos painting of "three dancers". Great work but it could be purchased.

(16) Terry Smith
Fri, 29 January 2010 19:32:42 +0000

Just beautiful! What an inspiration!

(15) Bob Nickels
Tue, 26 January 2010 01:35:38 +0000

MY partner and I were friends with Van Eno when we lived in Key West in the early 80's. We bought one of his pieces called "DO YOU THINK I'M SEXY?" From the original Gingerbread Gallery. We were wondering if you know anyone interested in purchasing it.
Sincerely, Robert Nickels

(14) Denise Katz
Sat, 31 October 2009 22:25:33 +0000

I lived in Key West from 1976-1979. The summer of 1979 I lived in a house with friends who leased the house from a good friend of Van Eno. They had many of his paintings but they kept them under lock and key. Lo and behold, Hurricane David arrived that summer and we decided to sink or swim. We decorated the house with all of the Van Eno's for the day, so I certainly got to see a wide variety of his work and absolutely loved it. Sadly, we left Key West that summer and moved north. We went back to visit one year. Maybe 1983...not quite sure...and we were lucky enough to purchase two of his paintings at an art sale at the Pier House with our brand new credit card. They are pictures of a female jester and a male jester. I will photograph them and put them on my computer and e-mail them to you. I love them, they always make me smile.

(13) Robert Burton
Thu, 4 June 2009 19:23:56 +0000

My partner, Jack Baron, himself an artist, knew Van well and thought him to be the only Key West artist whose works will survive time. Jack and Van were good friends, in fact, Jack was given Van's bapitismal bowl after his death. I don't remember who gave it to him, it might have been Joe Pais. We also have Van's self-port., and how Jack got that, I don't remember...but it's on the dining room wall. Jack passed away January 2, 2005 at age 78.