Above: Graphic of Michael Blake.
David Webb was 56 when he passed away and is related to Academy Award Winning Author/Screenwriter Michael Blake, known for "Dances With Wolves." Relatively unknown until his death, Webb left behind two storage rooms in Solana Beach filled to the rafters with his paintings on canvas, cardboard and on paper as well as sketchbooks, journals and poetry.
He lived a solitary life having few friends and time only for his art. Painting through intermittent poverty and homelessness he sometimes had little money for materials, but still managed to leave hundreds of works on cardboard in addition to his main body of work on canvas.
There are many similarities between Webb and Van Gogh. Both were supported by their brothers, painted out of necessity, died relatively unknown and both suffered from bouts with mental illness and substance abuse.
Michael Blake will share through film and verse "Boy In The Rain," a reminiscence of his late brother, David. A selection of Webb's paintings will be on view at the event including a hosted reception and book signing by author, Michael Blake. The memorial gathering will take place at Martha Swift Gallery located at the NTC Promenade on December 2, 2011 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. There will be a Del Mar Powerhouse Memorial from 1-4 p.m. on December 4th.
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