Cosby Show Artist Varnette Honeywood Passes Away in LA

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Varnette Honeywood, the LA artist whose work graced the walls of the Cosby household in the Cosby Show, died of cancer in Los Angeles yesterday at the age of 59.

From the AP obit:

As a young artist in the 1970s, Honeywood began reproducing her bold acrylic paintings on greeting cards. It was these that caught the eye of Bill Cosby’s wife, Camille, and the couple started collecting her work and met Honeywood soon after.

Honeywood painted simple situations, such as a church picnic packed with congregants in their Sunday best or a mother combing her daughter’s hair. Bill Cosby said he was captivated by the affection between subjects in the paintings.

“I call her a true depictor of family love,” Cosby said. “When you see her art, you see someone you know who is exactly like that, and (the works) actually speak to you.”

Honeywood went on to work with Cosby on a book series called “Little Bill,” which eventually became a TV show.