Robert Lawrence DeMichiell Jr. died last night (Monday, October 12) in Manhattan after a three year battle with cancer. He died quietly at house with his partner Jeffrey M. Wilson at his side.
DeMichiell was born on Might 2, 1958 in Portland, Maine, to Robert Lawrence DeMichiell Sr. and Nan (McEvoy) DeMichiell. At the age of 2, his household transferred to Kodiak, Alaska, where his father was the Commanding Officer of the LORAN station. In 1962, Robert Sr. was moved to the professors of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, and the family transferred to Waterford, Connecticut where they still reside. Bob Sr. passed away in 2014.
As a young child, Robert liked art and would copy any illustration he saw. With his father as his chaperone and most significant champ, he attended numerous art fairs with a sign, You name it, Ill draw it. One dollar. No canines. In 1980, he finished from the Rhode Island School of Design and relocated to New york city, which remained his house.
DeMichiell was one of the most respected commercial illustrators of his time, with a distinct design that was synonymous with sophisticated New york city City-based home entertainment and culture. His work has actually appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker (including the cover in 1993, and hundreds of theatrical illustrations for them, including the magazines firstvery first color illustration of heaven Guy Group), Home entertainment Weekly (where he was a regular for many years) and Premiere Magazines If You Ask Me column for 12 years.
Additionally, he created the signature art for many Broadway and Off-Broadway reveals, including Oliver (1984), The Wind and the Willows (1985), Arsenic and Old Lace (1986), The ManyOne of the most Fabulous Story Ever Told (1998), La Cage aux Folles (the 2004 revival), as well as many posters for the charity Broadway Cares consisting of the organizations yearly Easter Bonnet, Gypsy of the Year, Absolutely nothing Like a Dame, Broadway Flea Market and Broadway Barks occasions. His illustrations have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Readers Digest, TELEVISION Guide, Hartford Courant and actually numerous papers and publications around the country. His business work includes images for American Express, Absolut Vodka, and numerous others.
He wed Jeffrey M. Wilson on March 25, 2012 and their wedding event was profiled in the NY Times. A year later, their image appeared in a story about same-sex marital relationship.
He is made it through by his mother Nan, sisters Lynn (other half Brian) Lynch and Gail DeMichiell, nephews Matthew and David Lynch, and niece Jessica Harran.
A long-planned celebration of his art work will be held, as initially prepared, this evening (Tuesday, October 13, 2015). Entitled Robert de Michiell: On Fire Island, the exhibition will be from 1:00 -5:00 PM today with a closing reception from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at ClampArt Gallery, 531 West 25th in Manhattan.
Tributes are can be found in from all over. Here is a stunning one from Paul Rudnick: Robert de Michiell.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to The Casts Fund, 729 Seventh Ave., New york city, NY, 10019 or to Calvary Fund (Calvary Medical facility Hospice), 1740 Eastchester Roadway, Bronx, NY 10461