Jack Boynton died at 82. He was one of my best friends. He was a founding father in the Houston art world, one of the first modernists in Texas. showing his work in New York at the Whitney and the Guggenheim and at Galleries in NY and Texas. Together with Pat Colville, we began the studio art department at the University of St. Thomas in 1969. Those were glorious years. By 1972 we had the largest department in the school.They gave us the old library when a new one was built. We had a huge gallery and did many outrageous shows…The Bosch project…the camping show…Joe Tate’s backyard…Bob Wade’s Texas .map.
Jack and I hiked, camped and painted Big Bend numerous times. Going to the South Rim and doing watercolors. The last was in 1996. When we found that we could not hike with full backpacks, we camped in the Basin and did a day hike. Once we hiked in to the Mule Ears Peak and got caught in a deluge, hiked back soaked, and naked we dried out our cloths in the car with the heater on. Lots of pictures came from our experiences. On our first trip in 1976 Jack made his first “sticks”. We took different trails and met up below Emery Peak. I sat do wn to do some WCs . I noticed some arranged objects as I settled in .A voice called out “Earl”,.Considering I was under the “influence’ it was a an interesting experience .When the hike was difficult I told Jack that I heard the sound of stewardess' in Hign Heels just up ahead. Over the years we did a lot of pictures from our adventures.
Here is Jack at his 80th at our friday breakfast at the 59 Diner.
And you gallery folk should be ashamed not to have sought him out and others like him . Our thanks to Bill Reeves as the exception.