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Arts community loses passionate, prolific painter in Kip Minnick

April 27, 2013 - Andy Gray
Even if you don’t know Kip Minnick’s name, you’ve seen his work.

Minnick, who died Thursday at age 68, was one of the most prolific artists I’ve ever met. Painting was his passion, his compulsion. His work can be seen all over David Grohl Alley. The weathered plywood canvas of Bill Clinton playing the saxophone outside the Horseshoe Bar? That’s his too. And several of his pieces are on display now at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

His paintings frequently were shown at Trumbull Art Gallery (in 2011 he had a joint exhibition with his son, Thad), and he was one of the gallery’s most loyal volunteers. If TAG was in Courthouse Square for Noon in the Park or Chalk on the Walk or any other activity, more than likely Minnick was there too helping to spread the word.

If you asked Kip to paint it, he would do it. He sold a lot of his work, gave away even more. I have a couple of his barroom paintings that he gave me. Kip loved to paint barroom scenes from his self-proclaimed “wild man” days. I always loved his barroom works. They felt like a Charles Bukowski poem come to life and harkened back to a time when, in addition to steel, those mills in the Mahoning Valley produced lots of men with money in their pocket and an unquenchable thirst for a drink … and maybe something a little wild.

Kip often had a story to go with those barroom paintings that was as colorful as anything on the canvas. I’m gonna miss the stories and the art.


Article Comments

Apr-27-13 6:22 PM

Kip Minnick was the real deal and a true artist. He leaves a beautiful legacy of countless pieces of art and a wonderful family who loved him dearly. It is a sad day for the community, and for myself, to hear this sad news of his passing. I was fortunate to know him personally, I met him for the first time when I was just 18. He always encouraged me and inspired me, and was always too kind and generous regarding his opinion of my music, I pale in comparison to an artist such as Kip.


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