Conversation with Patrick about his few remaining paintings, and specifically the one he wanted to go to Ivonne. I started the recorder just after asking about the small painting of nine people.
Near the end of the recording we talk about a painting by Norman Yanikun. That painting is for sale to help defray the costs of Patrick’s burial and memorial expenses.
Here’s the transcription:
Patrick: I know nothing about it except it was in the house in Deia when we bought it. I’ve asked several people in Deia if they recognized the style, somebody who was around in those days. I don’t know if it has a name on the back or anything. It was hanging on the wall in the old living room.
JP: It looks like it has nine people in it. The person in red on the left and the woman in blue gray on the right.
Patrick: Ivonne really likes it so it’s hers as far as I’m concerned.
JP: Sounds good, sounds good
Patrick: This painting and the Norman painting over there, they might be worth something if you can find the right person. That person might be – if he’s still around – he sent me a message just the other day … Let’s see. His name is Gay Niblitt. He used to have a real estate agency on the island. He was born to an English family in India and he lives in Valldemossa. He bought one of the paintings years ago that I commissioned from a painter in Galilea. I’ve mentioned these two paintings and he wanted to see them, but he was on his way to India the last time we talked and he just got back and he’ll be leaving again soon for somewhere else.
Patrick: He set up a school in India in the town where he grew up and he goes there once or twice a year to make sure everything is all right and take more donations. So he’s built the building and has donated the furniture. He’s quite a nice guy. His wife’s name is Christine. Now you have a short run down on who is Gay Niblitt. If anything should happen, you might offer him these two paintings. I’ve no idea what they’re worth, but he would be honest.
JP: An honest appraiser of them at least. I know that if he doesn’t want to buy money then I’d like to have them.
Patrick: Sure, Well, if money is no problem then just take them. Of course you probably know the way to make them travel is to take them off the frame and roll them up with the colors on the outside.
JP: Do you put tissue paper between the rolls?
Patrick: No, just roll it up. But if you roll it up with the colors on the inside, they crack.
JP: And keep it a loose roll as well.
Patrick: Just whatever it takes to make it small enough. Probably the best thing is to sell them. There are still people down there who know those painters. One possible place would be the hotel in Deia.
JP: The Residencia?
Patrick: Yeah: They’ve changed the name now but it’s still the Residencia. It’s been sold three times since I was in there. Any way they have a collection of artists from Majorca and Deia. Maybe they would like to add them to their collection. Things like that I think about sometimes but not that important anyway. There’s also a museum in Deia dedicated – well, not a museum – it’s like a house under one of the bars by the stream and his paintings are there.
JP: That’s Norman?
Patrick: Yanikun or Jenkins. I was going to look up …
JP: Gay Niblitt.
Patrick Meadows 1934 – 2017.