King of the New Orleans Art Scene
Dureau was a larger than life character, often seen on his bicycle or
black Jeep cruising through the old quarter. His unkempt long hair and
beard, coupled with his booming bass voice spewing forth bawdy comments,
led some to label him Mephistopheles. Dureau called himself a
“neo-classical homosexual,” a reference to elements depicted in his
paintings. He had a rare talent for being able to paint outsiders, often
picked up off the streets, in a way that elicited no pity. There was
always a dignity in the expression of his subjects.
George was a legend in his own time, and seemingly every citizen of New
Orleans knew who he was. While it would have been to his professional
advantage to relocate to NYC, he stayed put, reigning over his home town
art scene. In fact, Dureau managed to forge a national and
international reputation while staying home.
When recent medical costs led him to sell artworks and furnishings, his
friends rallied and made sure the bills got paid. They were more than
willing to give back to a local denizen who had brought such quirky
interest and joy to their lives.
Role models of greatness.
Here you will discover the back stories of kings, titans of industry, stellar athletes, giants of the entertainment field, scientists, politicians, artists and heroes – all of them gay or bisexual men. If their lives can serve as role models to young men who have been bullied or taught to think less of themselves for their sexual orientation, all the better. The sexual orientation of those featured here did not stand in the way of their achievements.