By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
With a full-face likeness of former MP and Speaker of the House Gib Parent recently completed, artist James Takeo says he has painted “the triumvirate” of long-serving Welland politicians.
The two others in the group are former MPP Peter Kormos and former MPP Ellis P. Morningstar.
Mr. Morningstar, who died in 1982, served in the legislature from 1951 to 1975. Mr. Kormos, who passed in 2013, spent more than two decades as the local MPP. Mr. Parent, who died in 2009, was first elected in 1974 and served in Ottawa for more than 20 years.
Takeo says the painting of Mr. Morningstar was sold to Penny Morningstar, a relative through marriage, and that of Mr. Kormos is sold and he is waiting for the transaction to be finalized. He is hoping a buyer will come along for this newest work.
The three pols are to be paid tribute in a project planned as a gateway to Welland market, at a site formerly occupied by the Division Street KFC outlet, but it appears to still be in a fund-raising stage.
Takeo says he had Mr. Parent as a teacher at Notre Dame College School, right after his defeat in the 1984 election, his only loss.
“It’s good to be able to say I personally dealt with him. I find it interesting when you get to paint someone you’ve actually met.”
Takeo, a multi-talented visionary in his artistic endeavours and projects, is happy now that all three politicians have been done. And he has already given thought to who his next subject will be, but it won’t be a politician.
“My next painting will be a Pokémon,” he says.