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Obituary

Gary and Annemarie

By Jenifer Phillips

What an amazing man Gary Peter Slipper was. The two passions that filled his life with light and love were art and his wife Annemarie, who died in 2018 in San Miguel de Allende.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in 1934 to Stanley and Hilda Slipper, Gary was the youngest of five.

He studied art in Banff, Vancouver and in Chicago; Madrid; Florence; and México City. As a master of fantasy art, he perfected his style and worked until the last days of his life. His dedication and commitment to his craft were unfailing, which is apparent by the volume of work that he sold. He loved balance and movement in his creatures and would talk about that often, the anatomy of movement.

Throughout his career, he had many private shows in Canada, the United States, México, and Europe, along with various group shows. Gary’s work has been purchased around the world and is included in corporate and private collections of note. The Waiting Place, 1963, resides at the National Gallery of Canada.

Gary and Annemarie arrived in San Miguel in 1988, at the height of its popularity with artists and artisans. They quickly became an integral part of the community and were some of the first artists-in-residence at Fábrica la Aurora. As time went on, they built their home and moved there to work and exhibit. At the art gallery he and Annemarie built in their house, they would welcome mentees and admirers alike. They cultivated many friends and were loved deeply. A close couple, they would spend quiet evenings with a few shots of tequila on the roof of their beloved home overlooking the incredible vista toward the Presa and the mountains of Guanajuato. They would spend hours discussing art, philosophy, and life, plans present and future.

“Old Slipper,” as Annemarie lovingly called him, had a clever sarcasm, a silent charm, and a simple way of expressing a deep thought. If you ever had the pleasure of a conversation with Gary, you would realize how intently he listened to every word. Women would practically climb over each other to sit next to him at a rare luncheon or dinner-party appearance.

After Annemarie passed away, Gary’s sole purpose was art. He missed her guiding hand and understanding of his vision. After an unfortunate fall, his health began to decline rapidly. His constant attendants, Monica and Ruben, were indispensable. They had cared for Annemarie and Gary and their home for many years with the love of true family.

He passed away quietly in the early morning on June 13. He will surely be happy to be reunited with Annemarie again.

Their combined artwork will be exhibited and available for purchase at a later date.

 

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