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Art of Brotherly Love

Polish Musicians 1 | Daniel Mincer (1970s) | Image courtesy of POBA.org

Art of Brotherly Love

Daniel Mincer’s sister, Deborah, took on the act of brotherly love – or love for her brother – in trying to figure out how to honor, preserve, and let the world see Daniel’s artistic legacy. This is how she did it.

Daniel knew he would die young, as did his family. He passed at age 27, leaving behind a family who really loved him and a remarkable collection of the paintings, drawings, and batiks he had created. His sister, Deborah, saw not only the creative output of his entire lifetime but also works that deserved to be seen. She tells her story about how she decided to preserve and show her brother’s works, how she found POBA and then figured out how to do this as a do-it-yourself project. That was important to her: to get personally involved in photographing his works, determining how his portfolios looked, how his works were described, and how her brother would be remembered as an artist.

You can see Deborah describe this experience here and see the wonderful results of her brother’s portfolios here.  

When I look at Daniel Mincer’s paintings, I see a young man with a wry sense of humor, a skilled hand, and a very distinctive perspective on the world around him. He looked at and captured on canvas the daily things of his short life – favorite foods, household products, his family, his quirky interests, and even himself – in juxtapositions that are interesting, simple, and compelling. He created these with a love for life and awareness that his would be short, so they are telegraphic as well. I did not know Daniel personally, but from his works I infer that he would subscribe to Joseph Blodgett’s notion of the impact of art on those left behind:

"For immortality, art's probably not as good as having kids, but it runs a close second."

Because of the love that his sister had for Daniel and the appreciation she had for his talent, he lives as an artist, immortalized through the visual legacy his sister created out of true brotherly love.


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