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Re: cemetery & obit lookup for Dmitri Vail, famous artist
Posted by: Krystal Londo Kelley (ID *****4386) Date: May 14, 2006 at 19:28:32
In Reply to: cemetery & obit lookup for Dmitri Vail, famous artist by Jan LaMotte of 1986

Here are the obits from the Dallas and the Fort Worth papers. Unfortuately, neither one lists what cemetery he is in. Sorry I couldn't help you more!

Krystal

Dallas Morning News, The (TX) - December 27, 1991
Deceased Name: Portraitist Dmitri Vail dies at 88 Dallasite was known for celebrity paintings
Dmitri Vail, a Dallas artist whose celebrity portraits during the 1950s and '60s gained him an international reputation, has died of pneumonia. He was 88.

Mr. Vail died Monday at Parkland Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Highland Park Baptist Church.

For more than two decades, Mr. Vail painted the city's socially prominent and wealthy -- Tom Braniff and Edwin Kiest, among many.

Stars such as Mickey Rooney, Audie Murphy and Carol Burnett sat for portraits at his Highland Park studio. "He liked to remember that they all were painted in his studio upstairs,' Mr. Vail's wife, Nancy, said Thursday. "They came to his home to be painted.' Mrs. Vail said her husband's favorite subjects were the clown Emmett Kelly and comedian Jack Benny, and he kept one of Mr. Benny's cigar stubs in a jewelry box as a memento.

He also painted portraits of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. The Johnson painting is displayed at the presidential library in Austin.

At his peak, Mr. Vail commanded up to $50,000 for a full-length portrait, a family friend said Thursday.

Mr. Vail also painted landscapes and florals but was never critically acclaimed. He disdained museums for their displays of modern and abstract art, which he shunned. "He painted a lot of scenes around Turtle Creek,' Mrs. Vail said. "They looked like photographs, they were so good.' Beginning in the mid-1950s, Mr. Vail worked with the Fair Park Music Hall to paint portraits of celebrities who performed there.

The Music Hall displayed the portraits until 1971, when the building was remodeled.

Mr. Vail also built a reputation in Dallas for being offbeat or ahead of his time. Among his more attention-getting habits in the early 1960s were rollerskating, yoga and making bread.

In the early '70s, his eyesight and hearing failing, Mr. Vail stopped painting and opened a school for portrait artists. The school operated until the early 1980s, friends said, and school artists were called on several times to draw composite sketches of - criminal suspects for local law enforcement agencies.

He also became active in politics, serving as state finance chairman for George Wallace's 1972 presidential campaign, and occasionally backing local candidates by contributing prints of his landscape paintings to raise funds.

A series of major operations, including one to remove a blood clot from his brain, added to financial problems that forced Mr. Vail to file for bankruptcy in September 1986.

Mr. Vail was born Robert David Vail in Columbus, Ohio. In a 1986 interview, he said he had changed his name on a friend's advice to make it sound more artistic. He left Ohio State University in his freshman year to pursue his art career. Two years later, he received a commission for his first portrait -- of the mayor of Columbus. He lived briefly in Chicago and in California before moving to Dallas in 1942.

He had been a member of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club. Mr. Vail is survived by his wife, Nancy Vail of Dallas, and a daughter, Barbara Sholl of Pensacola, Fla.

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - December 27, 1991
Deceased Name: Dmitri Vail, 88, renowned portrait artist
DALLAS - Dmitri Vail, a portrait artist renowned for his

paintings of presidents and celebrities, is dead at 88.

Mr. Vail died Monday of pneumonia at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Born Robert David Vail in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Vail changed his first name to Dmitri after a friend suggested it would sound more artistic.

He left Ohio State University in his freshman year to pursue his art career. His first commission was a portrait of the mayor of Columbus.

After living briefly in Chicago and California, Mr. Vail moved to Dallas in 1942.

His portraits included Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and actors Carol Burnett and Mickey Rooney.

In the 1970s, he stopped painting and operated a school for portrait artists. The school closed in the early 1980s, friends said.

A memorial service is planned Saturday for Mr. Vail, who is survived by his wife, Nancy Vail of Dallas, and a daughter, Barbara Sholl of Pensacola, Fla.


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