Dallas Artist Anthony Schurba Loses Battle with Cancer

By Elvira Sakmari and Kristi Nelson
|  Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010  |  Updated 11:03 PM CDT
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A retrospective of artist <a title=Anthony Schurba who passed away November 5. His dying wish was that his work be displayed at The Gallery at Oldfield Davis in Dallas' Uptown neighborhood while he was still living. His friends did that, and sold almost all of his pieces, using the money to pay his medical bills." />

Kristi Nelson, NBCDFW.com

A retrospective of artist Anthony Schurba who passed away November 5. His dying wish was that his work be displayed at The Gallery at Oldfield Davis in Dallas' Uptown neighborhood while he was still living. His friends did that, and sold almost all of his pieces, using the money to pay his medical bills.

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Dallas artist Anthony Schurba lost his battle with cancer on Friday. Schurba had been diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer earlier this year which then spread to his bones.

NBCDFW reported in July on Schurba's dying wish, an exhibit featuring what was left of his collection so the public could discover and enjoy his work while he was still alive.

"Not many people get to leave things behind,” Schurba said. "I feel pretty lucky that there's going to be lots of things left behind with my name on it."

Artists Jennifer Culbertson and Rachel Davis put together the retrospective of Schurba's remaining collection at The Gallery at Oldfield Davis in Dallas' Uptown neighborhood.

"From an artist's point of view, I totally understand his last request," Culbertson said. "It's his life's work."

"It is kind of a mixture of everything from Picasso to Matisse," Davis said. "He just has a whimsical sense of humor that just comes across in so many layers."

His friends sold almost all of Schurba's paintings, and the money from the sale went toward Schurba's medical bills.

More: Anthony Schurba's Website

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