In memory of
Hubert (Hu) Lindsay
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In memory of
Hubert (Hu) Lindsay
Lindsay, Hubert (Hu) "The art of collage can be said to consist of juxtaposing – or 'just supposing …' It entails a constant process of contrasting and blending: colors, textures, objects, feelings and the creation of moods. It can soothe or startle, evoke laughter or tears, and above all satisfy something the viewer did not expect." Hu Lindsay (2009) From the time Hu was born in Manhattan on November 3, 1928, until his death at home in Norwalk on August 27, 2016, his life was like the collages that he created – constantly contrasting and blending people, places, interests, and experiences. The only child of Donald Lindsay and Louise Brill Lindsay, Hu lived in many parts of the United States – Queens, NY; Bloomfield, NJ; Cleveland, OH; Santa Barbara, CA; Rowayton and Norwalk, CT; as well as a long stay in Europe in the mid-1950s. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, Hu attended Western Reserve University and the Cleveland School of Art with a double major in studio art and art history. While in college, he worked at art studios and became familiar with the commercial art field. Hu's parents were close friends with Elizabeth and Edward Salinger. Hu met the Salinger's daughter, Sally, when he and she were both young children, and they knew each other for the rest of Sally's life. They married in September of 1950. Soon after, Hu and Sally moved to Santa Barbara where he spent two years in the United States Army. They then returned to Cleveland and Hu worked in an art studio. In 1956, he and Sally quit their jobs and went to Europe, where they ended up living and working in The Netherlands for six months as part of a ten-month trip. Beginning on the voyage to England, wherever they went, Hu and Sally forged life-long friendships. Upon returning to the United States, they settled in New York City, where, again, they developed lasting friendships with a diverse range of people – actors, artists, designers, doctors, educators, intellectuals, journalists, musicians, scientists, and writers. Their son David was born in 1960 and, that same year, Hu established his own design studio in Manhattan. A year later, the family moved to a home on Witch Lane in Rowayton, and their daughter Karen was born in 1964. Hu quickly became involved in the local arts community. He organized the first Community Cooperative Nursery School Art Show in 1962 and nurtured it for the next 7 years (returning several times by request in later years). He also joined the Rowayton Arts Center and later served as its president from 2007-2013. In 1969, the Lindsays moved to Village Creek in South Norwalk, where Hu was an active member of the homeowners association, including four terms as president. The Village Creek neighborhood provided a close-knit community where Hu and his entire family made close and lasting friendships. Hu's business, Hu Lindsay Inc., moved from New York to Westport, CT in 1971. In addition to his own graphic design business, Hu formed The Westport Communications Group with writer Fred Hertz and musician Tod Dockstader to produce educational filmstrips, among other products. American Heritage, Encyclopedia Britannica, The New York Times, Playtex, and Random House were a few of their national and international clients. Hu encouraged both of his children to apprentice with him during their teen years, and his son David later joined him in a permanent position at Hu Lindsay, Inc. for 12 years until Hu's retirement in 2000. Throughout his successful 50-year career as an award-winning graphic designer, Hu continued to paint, mostly abstracts, experimenting with a variety of media. In the 1980s, his geometric artwork was featured in a show at the Café Figaro in New York City, and when he retired he began what became a large body of work in collages and paintings. His artwork was featured and won awards in numerous solo and group shows throughout the region. Most recently, mixed media artwork by Hu and photographs by David were featured in an exhibit titled "Lindsay Squared," at the ARTWorks Gallery at St. Paul's on the Green in Norwalk. Hu's beloved Sally died in 1987 after 37 years of marriage. Sally's courageous 10 year battle with cancer was a very difficult time, and her death devastated the family. To Hu's credit, however, life had to go on. Four years later, Hu met Marcia Powell, his future wife, at the wedding of mutual friends. They were together for the next 25 years, enjoying their shared interests, friends and family, and especially their grandchildren, Allison, Cooper and Max. Hu had many talents and interests aside from art – he was an avid skier and tennis player, and was a devoted fan of collegiate and professional baseball, basketball and football. He loved games of all kinds, with a special fondness for cribbage. He was a skillful crossword puzzle solver and creator. He enjoyed an extremely wide range of musical genres. He was a great lover of food with a broad palate, with dark chocolate being one of his signature favorites. He was also a wine connoisseur who delighted in sharing bottles with friends, as well as enjoying a cold beer or a single malt scotch. He was forever inquisitive and open, interested in world and local events, scientific discoveries and innovation, and art of all kinds. He was an intellect and a Renaissance man. But one of Hu's greatest talents was his innate ability to make people of all ages smile and feel comfortable. Hu never met a stranger. He was a joyous man with a twinkle in his eye, a quick wit and whimsical sense of humor, and an endless supply of interesting stories. Above all, Hu was a passionate man. He was passionate about professionalism and excellence in his work … he was passionate about personal integrity and honesty … he was passionate about respecting all people … he was passionate about exploring new ideas as he created his artwork … he was passionate about sports – especially skiing, tennis and the New York Mets … he was passionate about the New York City Ballet and music – jazz, opera and folk … he was passionate about his Village Creek community … but his most important passion was for his family – as he said many times, "My family – first, last and always." He is survived by his immediate family - Marcia Powell; David, Allison and Cooper Lindsay; Karen Lindsay, Paul Capobianco and Max Lindsay-Capobianco. Those who wish may make a donation to the Rowayton Arts Center for the Hu Lindsay Memorial Award Fund ( www.rowaytonarts.org ) or to Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County ( www.visitingnurse.net ).
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