Recovering from his own health woes, Dallas painter Jim Frederick helps other North Texans fight AIDS
Last month, Jim Frederick welcomed me to his Oak Cliff studio for a quick photo session. The Dallas artist had three enormous canvases that were being shipped to Fort Worth for the Artists Against AIDS auction, which will be held Saturday.
It took a while for him to answer the door. Frederick was using a walker but couldn’t have been in better spirits.
Earlier this week, he called me from his hospital bed. Three weeks ago, Frederick fell and broke his pelvic bone. And although he can’t walk because the pain is too intense, he still’s in a relatively chipper mood.
Health-wise, 2007 has been a challenge. Frederick was diagnosed with HIV in 1991 not long after he relocated to Dallas from Missouri, but right after he left his corporate gig as an advertising account executive.
“And right after I had lost all that great insurance,” he remembers.
Over the years, he’s had some heath scares. But even with the walker, which he’s been using for several months, Frederick gets around his studio pretty well.
When fellow gay artist Billy Miller told Frederick about Artist Against AIDS, it didn’t take much convincing. Over 13 years, the auction has raised more than $270,000 for Tarrant County AIDS Interfaith Network to help with prevention and care.
Frederick already had the three paintings on hand: modern abstract images done in vibrant acrylics of pink, green and yellow. If you turn each on their side, sleek figures emerge: a lion, a businessman and a fishtailed car.
Daniel A. Kusner
ARTISTS AGAINST AIDS
Community Arts Center,
1309 Gendy St.
Oct. 20 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Silent auction tickets $50.
This article appeared in the October 19, 2007 edition of the Dallas Voice.