Van Eno in OUT Magazine

By Ming & Mark On March 6th, 2013

OUT Magazine

It's time for Van Eno to have a renaissance

How exciting! Mark was interviewed by OUT Magazine to talk about his encounter with Van Eno back in Key West and about our website. The article was published Monday March 4, 2013.

Here is a snippet of the article:

If not the most well-liked of Key West’s 70s-era artists, Eno was one of the most prolific, churning out painting after painting after painting. And while most were in a playful, sardonic style, Eno also began experimenting with splatter art and larger installations, like a table that read “Good going Mayor Heyman,” a gift to Heyman on his birthday, which, luckily for Eno’s artistic vision, coincided with Ronald Reagan. Eno, like most HIV-positive men at the time, regarded Reagan as a traitor, and knew that silence equals death. The disease would become a central theme in his work and life up until his death in 1986. He was 39-years old.

Today most of the Eno’s works remain in private collections, though occasionally lucky collectors will find one of his hundreds of works at a flea markets or garage sale. But for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to own a piece, or to have seen the The Key West Art & Historical Society’s retrospective of Eno’s work last year, a former acquaintance of Eno’s, Mark and Mark’s partner, Ming, created a website dedicated to Van Eno’s works. Link

Oh FYI, the featured painting used for this article hangs in our dining room wall.

Van Eno

By Ming & Mark On June 9th, 2012

Thank you Tony of NYC for sharing your personal pics of Van.

More Unicorns

By Ming & Mark On June 7th, 2012

Thank you Gallery on Greene for sending us this fascinating piece of art – this one has shutters!

Closed

 

Open

 

Unicorn Cloud

By Ming & Mark On June 7th, 2012

Not the actual name of this painting but it seems appropriate.

We Don’t Throw Food

By Ming & Mark On June 6th, 2012

Again, Thank you Tony from NYC for sharing your collection!

More from the Gallery

By Ming & Mark On June 6th, 2012

Thank you Nance (Gallery on Greene) for sending us more of Van’s art! Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

  3 Lovely Ladies and Parrot

 

Treehouse on Nassau Lane

By Ming & Mark On June 6th, 2012

In mid-September 2011, we visited Key West, FL.
It was my first visit to this southernmost point but a sweet reunion for Mark after 20 some years.

According to Mark, much of the businesses and architecture has changed since he was here. The loud roosters on Duvall Street are still there. However, the Gingerbread Gallery had moved to another location. I was happy to visit the Gallery On Greene and meet the director, Nance Frank.

I urged Mark to show me his old stomping grounds, especially the “treehouse” apartment he lived in.

Here is the Treehouse on Nassau Lane.

At different times, both Van & Mark lived on the 2nd story deck of this house overlooking a large breadfruit tree!

It was a nice trip down memory lane for Mark.

1977 Exhibition

By Ming & Mark On June 6th, 2012

 

Thank you Tony from NYC for sending us your Van Eno memorabilias and sharing your memory about Van:

Van was a good friend of mine. He actually was my roommate for 6 months and visited me often. I love his work and have some of his paintings in storage. I still miss him . He was a true artist and it was a lost to world when he passed.

For Sale

By Ming & Mark On June 6th, 2012

Upon Googling the name “Van Eno”, I came across liveauctioneers.com.
Posted for sale (back in 5/9/2009) were two Van Eno paintings:


Three Virgins
- acrylic on canvas
- 14 x 11 inches


Saint Ketchup
- 12 x 10 inches

Their link: http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/6333722

Artist: Van Eno
Work Title: The Three Virgins and St. ________
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 14 x 11 inches and 12 x 10 inches
Signature: St. is signed lower left
Provenance: Garthe Massingill Collection
Frame Type: silver metal
Frame Size: 14.5 x 11.5 inches and slightly smaller

Condition report:

both in very good condition

  • Estimate $200 – $400
  • Starting Bid $125

The Nine Muses

By Ming & Mark On June 6th, 2012

Our appreciation goes out to John N. for his Van Eno painting.


This is John’s story:

The Van Eno painting I have, THE NINE MUSES, (3’6” x 5’6”) was a gift from my Uncle Chuck. My Uncle spent the last year of Van Enos life with him. Taking care of him while his life was taken from him by aids complications. I spent many days with my Uncle during his last years while he also fought complications. His home was full of Van Eno’s paintings. Gifts from Van for the tireless care, love and companionship given during those last months. According to my Uncle Chuck, Van during his last years painted 12 saying that they where to all be used to assist in the financial needs for those also suffering from aids complications.
Some went out to persons in the San Francisco area, while most of the paintings where passed to the Gentleman who took such great care of my Uncle during his last month’s. I would love to see all those paintings again. Always wondered what happened to all of them

Thank you so much John!