The man. The myth. The legend. And his artwork.
Henry Hill, the Brooklyn-born gangster, who collaborated with Nicholas Pileggi on Wiseguy, the memoir that became of the basis for Goodfellas is peddling his original artwork on ebay.
Many of the pictures are tropical scenes but some—is that Billy Batts in that trunk?—hearken back to Hill’s gangster days. He has over 100 paintings for sale (a guy’s got to do something while living on the lam.) The starting bids on most of them are $24.95.
Painting, evidently, helps Hill work out some demons.
This is Henry’s description of his work:
THIS IS ORIGINAL ARTWORK By Henry Hill 14 x 17 GOODFELLA HENRY HILL IS THE ORIGINAL HENRY IS IN SEMI RETIREMENT AND ENJOYS PAINTING AND WRITING HE WILL SIGN EVERYTHING HE SELLS WITH C O A PLUS A AUTOGRAPH PICTURE SO OWN A PIECE OF ITALIAN HISTORY.
Is it just me or do I detect a hint of fauvism in his work?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 16, 2007