Schurba, Peter Anthony, II April 3, 1954 to November 5, 2010 Maybe it's his nocturnal habits; perhaps he just prefers to live in his own world. Either way, Dallas painter Anthony Schurba shares street-level impressions that include urban brick-scapes and late-night illusions. Born in 1954, he grew up inhaling White Rock Lake water and dark Greenville alleys. Here are his muses: the drowned, the alienated, the trapped, the snuffed. Young Schurba scrambled over the peaks of boyhood adventures. He was a dentist's son and a Jesuit grad; for money he'd swing between diamonds and drinkers. That's how he first came to love the smell of solvents. Now, he paints. His work has been exhibited at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Arlington Museum of Art and many other places. Most pieces (particularly commissioned portraits) are tucked away in private collections. But even more are stacked in his house-the unrelenting output of a very full mind. He was preceded in death by his parents: Dr. Peter A. Schurba and Sarah LaBarba Schurba. He is survived by: sister Mariana Schurba; aunt Angela LaBarba Satarino; uncle Chris LaBarba; cousins Stephen Satarino, Carol Satarino Colwell, Paula LaBarba O'Donley, Lucille Salerno and Michael Salerno. Before the cancer got the best of him, Anthony made two requests: that we celebrate his life with a party, not a formal ceremony; and that his body be donated to science at UT Southwestern Medical Center. We, his family and friends, are honoring both of these wishes. Please join us for an Open House on Saturday, November 13, 2010 between 1 and 5 p.m. at The Loon, 3531 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Texas. There will be drink specials and free snacks for all who wish to commemorate the very memorable, lovable, and amazing Anthony Schurba.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 11, 2010