Remembering Ken Taylor
Ken Taylor was instrumental in helping six Americans escape from Iran by deceiving the Iranian Revolutionary guard. His face was everywhere in the months that followed and his story captured in two different films: Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper (1981) and Argo (2012).
Ken Taylor died yesterday in New York City at the age of 81. I felt compelled to paint him right away, as I felt so connected to that event and that strange period of time when I was slowly growing into a man. The Iran Hostage Crisis loomed large in my thoughts at that time and was often top of the news - we watched The National with Knowlton Nash every evening at 10 pm.
|Ken Taylor, 12" x 12", acrylic and collage on canvas|
Painted October 15, 2015
"A true hero who's actions were beyond admirable," wrote my friend Tyler Kellogg who lives in the state of New York. "Rest easy good sir."
The painting has been purchased by local businessman and performer Massey Whiteknife and will be on silent auction tomorrow, October 17th, at his Anti-Bully Show at the Stonebridge Hotel to raise money for the Mark Amy Treatment Centre.