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Obituary of Mark Stock, San Francisco painter magician, 'The Butler's in Love'

Mark Stock, the painter of "The Butler's in Love" and the inspiration of the David Arquette/Courtney Cox film of the same name, died Wednesday night at 62 in Oakland.

Mark Stock and Cindy Warner, "The Butler's in Love" film set 2008
Cindy Warner

I was so shocked and sad to see the obituary of my old acquaintance the painter and magician Mark Stock. I was in the David Arquette/Courtney Cox film with Mark, who inspired the film with his painting "The Butler's in Love", after which Arquette and Cox named their short, 3D film featuring Gavin Newsom's wife and the City of San Francisco. The couple as newlyweds saw the lifesize painting series at the jazz restaurant Bix. It's in an alley near the Pyramid. The couple got married at Grace Cathedral.

Mark also performed jazz with his own trio, the Mark Stock Trio. I was always getting email invitations and Mark was in full swing with his many creative endeavors.

Mark's work appears at the Modernism Gallery on Market Street. The gallery will dedicate itself to Mark's life and work starting May 1.

Here's a photo of me and Mark upstairs between takes during the shoot at an Edwardian house on Alamo Square in 2008. The other photo shows the dinner scene where Mark has a cameo as a magician with a fire trick. He tried it over and over and over on camera, David just kept rolling and Mark was a perfectionist who wanted to get it just right.

San Francisco talent appearing in the film includes Paul Mehling and the Hot Club of San Francisco, who play swing and gypsy jazz.

At the screening at which the mayor Gavin Newsom attended with his fiance', who starred as the love interest in the movie, Courtney said something about David's cruelty in shooting take after take. We had a grand time and Gavin Newsom in the front row even wore big plastic 3D glasses. His wife, an actor and producer, graduated from ACT and has had her own film production company empowering women.

Mark was an approachable, kind and gentle soul, an open personality full of dark humor and whimsy from what I saw as a guest at his gallery near the Palace Hotel. God Bless him.

Here is the Youtube link to the film and I have the DVD from 2008.

The Modernism Gallery is near the Palace Hotel on Market Street, near the Montgomery BART station. It's upstairs and has windows facing Market Street.

For more information: www.modernisminc.com

http://www.modernisminc.com/artists/Mark_STOCK/thumbnails/