Buck Henry by Jim Damron

Other than that unflattering portrait that I commissioned from Reverend Aitor a few years back at the Shadow Art Fair, I don’t think I’ve purchased a piece of art in the last ten years. As my stopping pretty much coincided with my moving back to Ypsi and signing a mortgage, I’d always assumed that it was just because I didn’t have money to spare. Now that I think about it, though, I’m pretty sure it has more to do with the fact that I stopped making art at about that same time. Before I began obsessing about this blog, I used to work every night on my art. It’s weird how I just kind of transferred my energy to this, and I’m wondering if maybe it’s time to look for more of a balance. What, I’m thinking, if I tried to blog an hour a night, work an hour on my art, and then spend some time writing for that book project that’s been nagging at me? That’s not what I’d intended to write about tonight, though. Tonight, I just wanted to let you know that, after almost a decade of sitting on the sidelines, I’ve decided to jump back into the art buying world. I don’t know how long it will last, but it feels good.

The piece that drew me back in was this portrait of the great Buck Henry, painted by a fellow named Jim Damron. Jim, from what I’m told, lived here in Ypsi as a toddler, but now, as a full-grown man, calls California home. I saw it and immediately fell in love with it. Maybe someday I’ll interview Jim about his art for the site. Anyway, I just wanted to share this new acquistion with you. I thought that it would make a nice change of pace from all the other bullshit that we discuss here.


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  1. Christine M
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I love it. I love buying art.

    I would like to point out that your unflattering portrait (and mine) were just purchased last summer. You must be feeling old or something. I’d also like to point out that we are the same age and I’m not old. So fuck you.

    good night.

  2. dragon
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Betty: Well, they’re pretty excited to see you, no doubt about it! Roy, you are their favorite babysitter.

    Tracy: Oh, Uncle Roy! Can we play Slide Down The Banister with Mary Poppins, and you push us down with the umbrella?

  3. 'Ff'lo
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Okay that portrait is way cool.

  4. Edward
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    This painting is going to cause me to go back and listen to the NPR interview with Henry from a few years ago about The Graduate.


  5. Posted May 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    No discussion of Buck Henry is complete without a link to the opening shot in The Player.

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  1. […] It’s by an eccentric West Coast painter, Jim Damron. Jim and I have a mutual admiration society. We got it recently, for like $400 — Lisa picked it. […]

  2. […] Damron, just make it into the pages of the New York Times, but the article included a link back to something I’d written about a painting of his that I’d purchased a few years back… For what it’s worth, it’s kind of a stretch to call Jim an “Ypsi […]

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