More Memento Mori

Jeff Burke
Jeff Burke

As a follow-up to the prior post about cadaver drawings, Jeff Burke shares his memories of working as a life model with “Goliath”, the star attraction of Sal Montano’s anatomy classes at the New York Academy Of Art:

Sal Montano
Sal Montano

Ah, the good ol’ days of Sal and Al and me upright and vertical standing on a folding chair, with ‘Goliath’ laid out on the stainless steel. I heard that he was a bit actor from Hollywood B movies who once played the role of the giant. Solimene mentioned once that he seemed to have suffered a shattered hip socket from a fall from a very high place and that it might have been a suicide. I loved those annual April gigs at Columbia. Thanks for sharing, David

"Goliath"
"Goliath"

Following his years in New York, Jeff went on to on to found Hipbone Studio, the excellent performance space, drawing studio and art school here in Portland. I have a folder of camera lucida drawings mostly done at Hipbone posted at the Comics Lifestyle website and blogged about them some months ago.