Heroes: A Tribute by Doug Meyer featured in LUXE Daily

Behind The Poignant Portraits Of 50 Creative Heroes

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BY ILEANA LLORENS 

For artist and designer Doug Meyer, paying homage to the early victims of AIDS is more than just an honor; it’s a responsibility he feels he has to today’s younger generations.

Due out in May, his book, Heroes: A Tribute, commemorates 50 creative pioneers — including Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, Rudolf Nureyev and Freddie Mercury — who were victims of the disease during the height of the epidemic. “This book is really my way of letting people know that these men and women existed, what they did and their contributions to their fields,” he says.

Through intricate three-dimensional portraits, Meyer introduces trailblazers in art, design, fashion, entertainment, theater and film with unique details that represent each person’s life or work either referentially or symbolically.

“I wanted each of the portraits to look as if it had been done by a different hand,” he says. “I didn’t want Heroes to be repetitious or boring; I didn’t want someone to zoom in on the thought that ‘Oh, these all kind of look alike,’ and lose interest. In each one of them, the medium, the scale, the concept, is completely different.”

The idea for the project budded in December 2014, when Meyer was tapped by Luxe Editor in Chief Pamela Jaccarino to create a setting, where he showcased 19 portraits of AIDS victims, for that spring’s DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) dinner.

“I designed the space to be very quiet and contemplative, as if you were in a museum or a gallery. I wanted it to offer a kind of hushed moment when you walked in,” Meyer recalls of the layout of his original pieces. “It was fascinating to see, when people came in, how emotional they became; they knew, as I knew, a lot of these people.”

Ahead of the expanded project’s literary launch, we caught up with Meyer to learn about his creative process and insights into what he feels makes his tome valuable for today’s audiences.

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