Illustrator and man-about-town, Robert de Michiell has died after a battle with cancer. He was 57. This from his Facebook update a few hours ago:
Today we’ve lost a beautiful light in the universe. Robert de Michiell passed away in peace this afternoon. His Fire Island art will be on display tomorrow from 1PM to 5PM at ClampArt Gallery, 531 W. 25th Street, Ground Floor, with a celebratory reception from 6pm to 8pm. Celebrate in style in whatever way you can. He would enjoy that.
Robert was a great illustrator and a friend. I hired him over the years when I was an art director for various magazines and he never failed to nail every assignment. He was one of the best caricature artists of the last 30 years, without question. His work was instantly recognizableand he worked for every magazine on the newsstand from Entertainment Weekly to the New Yorker and everything in between. For a dozen years or so he illustrated, Libby Gelman-Waxner, Paul Rudnick‘s column for Premiere. But even more than his great talent, his wit, sophistication and appreciation for the finer and funnier things in life, will be truly missed by his friends. In the last few years, he made Facebook a lot more fun with his snarky and smart updates. My condolences to his husband, Jeffrey Wilson.
Me, I'm just going to pretend he's still on Fire Island, happy in the sun drawing cute boys...