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"My good friend Gerry Dawes, the unbridled Spanish food and wine enthusiast cum expert whose writing, photography, and countless crisscrossings of the peninsula have done the most to introduce Americans—and especially American food professionals—to my country's culinary life." -- Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés of José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019

"Trust me everyone, I have traveled with this man, if Gerry Dawes tells you to eat somewhere it's like Bourdain, believe it!!" - - Chef Mark Kiffin, The Compound Restaurant, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Spain wouldn’t be as known to Americans without the stories Gerry tells and writes.” - - Superstar Catalan Chef Ferran Adrià, elBulli

"But, for Gerry, Spain is more than just the Adriàs and (Juan Mari and Elena) Arzaks. He has connected with all manner of people working at every level and in every corner of Spain. I’m always amazed at this reach. You can step into a restaurant in the smallest town in Spain, and it turns out they know Gerry somehow. I remember one rainy night in Madrid during the 2003 Madrid Fusión congress. I wanted to go to my favorite place for patatas bravas, the ultimate tapa. But Gerry had another place in mind, and I didn’t know about it. But Gerry is always right. The potatoes at his place were amazing.” - - Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019; Chef-partner of Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards, New York 2019


Food Arts Silver Spoon Award to Gerry Dawes


 Premio Nacional de Gastronomía - - James Beard Foundation Nomination (Best Wine Writing)
Premio Periodistíco Cava

Gerry Dawes's Article Medieval Riches of El Cid's City (About Burgos, Spain)
Front Page, The New York Times Sunday Travel Section

 About Blog Author Gerry Dawes, Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award)


1/17/2012

The Passing of My Old Friend Don Clarke, Artist Par Excellence, in Mijas, (Málaga), Spain Jan. 16, 2012. Que Decanses en Paz, Don.

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My old friend English artist Don Clarke in his studio in Mijas (Málaga), Spain on Feb. 15, 2010.
Photograph by Gerry Dawes©2010 / gerrydawes@aol.com.



4 comments:

  1. So sad...
    His daughter and I grew up together, we were neighbours for many years, so I gew up seeing his paintings,as a kid i would have never thought it, but i have ended up pursuing a career as an artist, and all along my studies ive wanted to speak to him again, but never got around to it. And now its to late.

    Rest in peace Don. You will always be remembered.

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  2. Thanks, Cassandra, one of the regrets of my life was that I could not see Don more often, and with our mutual friend, artist Rowland Fade. I missed Don when he was alive and I miss him now. I did get to see him in 2003, 2006 and 2010. The last time I saw him, when I took the main picture on this blog, I had a feeling it would be my last. Kay and I spent about a hour with him. It was one of those wonderful hours in a life. I was sorry he was so sick, but I was so glad to see him and communicate. We had adventures together, memorable times like the time a guy was harassing me at one of my Dawes Gallery openings in Mijas and Don pulled himself and offered to punch him out!!

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  3. He was quite a character, hehe.

    My main memories of him involve the early saturday morning trips up to Mijas Pueblo for breakfast at "La boveda" Don would sit and chat with other artists (how would i have enjoyed those conversations now im old enough for them) wilst Sarah and I would buy sweets and run off to the swings next to the Plaza de Toros.
    I also remember that Sarah had LOADS of little flat white stones her dad had painted with cartoon characters. Imagine how little we were aware of their value, that we used to play throwing them out side the house, one of them broke my parents car headlight... the trouble we got in to... hahaha.

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  4. Anonymous1:46 PM

    I recall Don from the late 60s, Mainly drinking in the Clubs & Pubs in B'Ham. I still have 2 of his painting form the late 60s.

    Mike

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