Sunday, February 24, 2019

Goodbye To Harry Lyrico


Friends, acquaintances, fellow artists, relatives, collaborators and the merely curious -- they all attended the "Goodbye to Harry Lyrico" event at the gallery Pirate: Contemporary Art on 2/2/19. People exchanged stories about the at times good-natured and other times combative Harry Lyrico. Tamales and sandwiches, beer and wine were consumed. The art of Larry Hubbell/Harry Lyrico graced the walls. It was a memorable send-off for an unforgettable and legendary, Denver presence.

And ye shall know him by the quality of those who joined together on his behalf: SusanV. and Reed Weimer (who both shared their collections of Harry's art), Chandler Romeo, W. Eric Davidson, Maggie Kyle, Kaet Reeves, Joe Higgins, Victor Proulx, Susy Johnson, Jean B. Smith, Jerry Simpson, Gregory Daurer, Thomas Scharfenberg, Mark Sink, Richard Florence, Stan Yan, Bob Conway, Matt O'Neill, Grant Williams, and, of course, Pirate's own Phil Bender, among others.

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Detail from work.

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 Dragon and dinosaur.

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 Rocky Mountain News spoof: "We're Number Three: Denver is ranked behind New York and Los Angeles in American witchcraft. Celebrating sorcerers are seen at the solar fountain downtown."

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Chandler Romeo and Reed Weimer stand beside Harry's portrait of them.

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Battle skulls.

Joe Higgins, SusanV, Susy Johnson, Jean B. Smith,  and Jerry Simpson stand beside Harry's skull imagery.

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 Entering Denver. 

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Cheesman Park.

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Richard Florence next to shrine containing James C. Kelly's early '80s portrait of Harry.

 Harry Lyrico by James C. Kelly of Mad Lab Studio.

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 Mark Sink Poloroid of Harry as part of shrine.

 
 Harry Lyrico by Mark Sink, 1992.
 
 Matt O'Neill, Mark Sink, and Thomas Scharfenberg.

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 Kosmic Kat.

 
Jungle scene.


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Victor Proulx reads Harry's essay "Form And Intertia" from the publication Point.

 
"Form and Inertia."

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Publisher Bob Conway (Phantasy Press) holds a copy of his publication White Boy Goes to Hell by Harry Lyrico.  



 
Leaving Denver with a little less magic, Goodbye to Harry Lyrico. 
(Note the little green people in foreground of illustration.)

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Let the celebration continue!


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Exhibit At Wonderbound


An exhibit of Larry/Harry's work took place at the dance studio Wonderbound during late November 2018, organized by his close friend and fellow artist Susan. Described within the exhibit description as a "love story" in "call and response" form between the two artists:


 Exhibit description. (Click to enlarge.)

Sphinx sculpture and drawing by Harry.

 Harry at Work by Susan.

 Seated thematics.


Ram stencil by a man noted for his occasional stencil work within paintings and graffiti. 

 
 Bird stencil.


 Harry's Bar + Shadowland Is Open For Business

 
 Harry's Corner by Susan.


 Curtains.

The End.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Two Diptychs


In an August 2018 interview, Larry cited these two diptychs as some of the best work he ever did:






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Images courtesy of Larry's cousin, Alta Dauel.

Move Those Bums Around


Move Those Bums Around. Painted on Cardboard. Courtesy of Mark Sink, who acquired the piece circa the mid-'90s.

Paintings by Larry Hubbell


The following paintings belong to Larry's friend from college -- and beyond -- Jim Pruett. As a publisher, Pruett also used an image by Larry to grace the cover of The Colorado Mountain Companion.

Circa late '70s-early '80s:




Drift



Mention of Harry Lyrico appears within the 2018 book Drift by criminologist Jeff Ferrell:


Elevation 12,389


        "Elevation 12,389" (1997) by Larry Hubbell (Harry Lyrico) and Mark Lunning

The above print appeared at the McNichols Building in 2014 within the exhibit Open Press: Celebrating 25 Years of Printmaking.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Larry Hubbell Obituary


UPDATE: THERE WILL BE A "GOODBYE TO HARRY LYRICO" EVENT AT PIRATE GALLERY IN LAKEWOOD, COLORADO ON 2/2/19 FROM 7-9 PM. STOP BY AND RAISE A TOAST. OR DO THE SAME FROM WHEREVER YOU ARE.


Westword's Susan Froyd listed the event in the paper's calendar section as one of the "Best Things to Do in Denver" that week:
Although he was sometimes homeless, Hubbell left behind many friends and supporters from the art and comics communities, where he gained some local fame as a member of a group of collaborators who worked on a trove of ’90s-era "Hector" comic strips.
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Legacy.com obituary written by Tom Hubbell:

"Legendary Colorado artist Larry Robert Hubbell, aka Harry Lyrico, died at the age of 72 on Dec. 1, 2018 from injuries sustained in a hit and run accident in Albuquerque, NM. Noted especially for his pen and ink work, he practiced his art in any and all circumstances. Larry was preceded in death by his parents Connie and Robert W. Hubbell and is survived by his brother Thomas. Services will be private."


(Click on the above to enlarge "Harry Lyrico's Going Out of Business Cartoon Sale.")

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The Comics Reporter takes note of Harry's passing: