Hand-picked selection of the 20th century's masterpieces


Thomas, Dillie ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

(1932 – 2011)
If you travel the back roads of the Mojave Desert or trails in the San Gabriel Mountains, you might find Dillie Thomas painting. She treasures the hours spent on a mountaintop with a breeze blowing softly around her, or on a dusty desert road pungent with the sweet smell of sage. Using a palette knife to capture color and detail, Dillie paints on location so she can clearly communicate the essence of the selected spot.

Dillie Thomas attended San Bernardino Valley College, and majored in art at Victor Valley College and California State College San Bernardino. She has developed her own style and technique by filling miles of canvas over the past 30 years. Her works hang in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan.

“You feel as if she is inviting you to go for a walk through the desert with her.”



Kunisada, Utagawa ll ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

Kunisada, Utagawa ll

Born: 1823

Died: 1880

Nationality: Japanese

Kunisada ll was a pupil of Kunisada. He signed his prints with Baido Kunimasa or Kunimasa lll. He married his master’s daughter in 1846 and took his master’s name. After the death of Kunisada l, he started using the name Toyokuni lV.

Krasnyansky, Anatole ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

Anatole Krasnyansky, now residing in California, was already a prominent architect and watercolorist when he left the U.S.S.R. for the United States in 1975, where he found fertile ground for his aesthetic growth. His traditional cityscapes, much admired in Europe, have grown richer, freer and more expressive. In recent years, he has evolved a second, wholly new style with which to render the experiences and ideas of his new life in the United States. With a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Fine Art, he is well-versed in every aspect of the structure and design of the buildings he depicts. Since his arrival in the U.S., Anatole has found important uses for his knowledge of architecture, design and his creative imagination. Working as a scenic artist in television, motion pictures, and the theatre, he has designed sets calling for his specialized background.

Krasnyansky’s awareness of the interdependence of architecture, sculpture, painting and applied art along with his knowledge of these diverse disciplines have shaped his work and artistic philosophy. Through experimentation he has developed his own artistic method, one that has freed him from the constraints of traditional watercolor techniques. Krasnyansky’s innovative inclusion of paper texture into the creative process is a dynamic component of his art, resulting in an expansion of the medium’s potential. He is one of the first artists to elevate the watercolor medium to the expressive possibilities usually associated with oil painting. Bordering on the surreal, Krasnyansky’s figures never depart from the recognizable. Altogether new in form, they contain echoes of the artist’s Eastern heritage. Humane and lyrical, they combine the tangible with a timeless and universal spirituality.

Yamagata, Hiro ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

Hiro Yamagata is a contemporary Japanese artist best known for his brightly colored, highly detailed screen prints depicting festival scenes and parades. More recently, the artist has been utilizing lasers and holograms to produce hallucinatory installations that are reminiscent of Yayoi Kusama’s work. Born on May 30, 1948 in Maihara, Japan, Yamagata worked in an advertising firm in Tokyo before attending the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He is especially famed for attempting to recreate 1,600-year-old Afghan statues of Buddha that were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, a $60 million proposal that combined lasers and solar energy. Yamagata has exhibited with Bill Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, GA, and was shown at the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain and several locations in California. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Vasarely, Victor ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

Victor Vasarely was a French-Hungarian artist credited as the father of the Op Art movement. Utilizing geometric shapes and colorful graphics, the artist created compelling illusions of spatial depth, as seen in his work Vega-Nor (1969). Vasarely’s method of painting borrowed from a range of influences, including Bauhaus design principles, Wassily Kandinsky, and Constructivism. Born Vásárhelyi Gyozo on April 9, 1906 in Pécs, Hungary, he briefly studied medicine at university, but after two years dedicated himself instead to painting. In the late 1920s, Vasarely enrolled at the Muhely Academy in Budapest, where the syllabus was largely based on Walter Gropius’s Bauhaus school in Germany. After settling in Paris in 1930, Vasarely worked as a graphic artist while creating many proto-Op Art works including Zebra (1937). The artist experimented in a style based in Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism during the 1940s, before arriving at his hallmark checkerboard works. Op Art went on to have a number of practitioners, including Bridget Riley and Yaacov Agam. The artist died at age 90 on March 15, 1997 in Paris, France. His works are presently held in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

Mann, Richard ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

Richard Mann paintings demonstrated the exquisite beauty of pure color and form. His work is distinguished by the dimension of movement and space in his unique color statements. Each painting marries the spirit and power of fluid masses with overlapping color to achieve a special depth. This technique enables the painting to possess an inherent quality of change. Viewed from near or far, in strong light or dim, the paintings are transformed with individual nuances, creating many paintings in one. This ability to change is the most enduring value of a Richard Mann painting. Each viewer’s emotion, imagination and experiences provide both the limits and the setting for the boundless beauty of his work. The medium used by Richard Mann is a specially formulated plastic resin paint applied with a soft knife to either a plexiglass or masonite surface.

Salazar R. ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

Born in Madre de Dios, Peru, in 1973, Salazar R. comes from one of the poorest but nicest areas in South America. By the age of 15, he immigrated to the city, Lima in search of a future. To his surprise, making a living in Lima was very difficult; it was a matter of survival. Little did he know that he would be using the drawing skills that he developed in elementary school to survive.

Initially, he assisted an architect with his drawings, starting with sketches and, after a couple of years of practice, making the final drawings, as well. The seed, however, had been planted, and from there on, he became interested in painting, joining the atelier of Azarin, a famous Peruvian painter.

Salazar R. studied Sculpture and Mythology at the well-known School of Arts of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica. His hobbies and interest, in addition to the arts, are Martial Arts, Kick Boxing, Ai-Kodo, gymnastics and swimming.

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