Rediscovering Dirk DeJong

Tim Kemp had beautiful hands — an artist’s hands — all long graceful fingers and smooth planes. They were beautiful to see and beautiful to watch. His hands were rarely at rest, always doodling little characters or writing funny sayings. Tim once said he got his start drawing in the second grade, scrawling on the bathroom walls of his elementary school in Mt. Washington, a neighborhood on the east side of Cincinnati. Then his doodles moved from bathroom tiles to sketchbooks and from sketchbooks to newsprint. His friends now mention him in the same breath as some of the...

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