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Gerald M.P ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

Born in Ancash, Peru, in 1963 Gerald comes from a family of artists. His father was a painter while his mother is a well-known ceramist. He studied in the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes de Lima under the direction of well-known masters, Milner Cajahuaringa and Miguel Angel Cuadros. He graduated from the art school in 1988, being awarded the second place prize.
He has held several exhibitions including two one man shows. Among his most important exhibitions should be mentioned: Galeria 2VS (1994, 1989), Galeria Alianza Francesa (1993, 1992). Museo Pedro de Osma (1992).

Tapia, Pedro ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

Pedro Tapia was born in Tacna, Peru, in 1970. He displayed exceptional talent at an early age and decided to become an artist. He studied art at the Federico Laso Art School in Tacna and later enrolled at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes del Perú (ENBA) in Lima. Tapia’s philosophy is ultimately simple: art is expression. The onus is on the artist to find different ways of expressing what can be seen. The soul, according to Tapia, is the true eye of the painter. Artistic talent has a divine source, and it is the privilege and responsibility of the painter to interpret “the splendor of Creation.” Tapia is a fabulous realist artist; a perfectionist whose meticulous style is admired by his peers. “Being a figurative and realistic painter”, according to Tapia, ” is the best way to natural expression which is the mission of any artist.” Tapia’s style is reminiscent of the great masters, whose interpretations were so pure. Tapia’s interpretations are dichotomous; displaying a modern technical perfection while at the time displaying a distinct classical look. Tapia sees nothing wrong in combining old and new; reviewing prevailing trends allows for the instinctive observation of the progression of mankind through time. Tapia has exhibited extensively since 1990. His paintings are in many private collections and galleries throughout the Americas. He is artist who is faithful to his artistic vision–an admirable quality that will insure his success for years to come.

Rouse, Jon ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

Jon Rouse has expressed his life long passion for working with sculpture, photography, lithography and painting through his latest opus, a study and re-imaging of rare firearms, ammunitions and explosives. Rouse’s unique style has led him to photograph many celebrities, including recording artists, Michael Jackson and John Legend, celebrity Chefs Gordon Ramsey, Kerry Simon and Wolfgang Puck, and hundreds of models, including Cindy Crawford, and the current Miss USA, Nia Sanchez.

As a world renowned photographer Jon has photographed in more than 80 countries and his photographs have appeared in hundreds of magazines, including Architectural Digest, Touring and Tasting, Spa Magazine. and Resorts and Great Hotels. Following in the footsteps of his father, Jon has built fine furniture and used his artistic flare in his show PRIMER by creating furniture pieces, including a coffee table encircled with live ammunition.

While Jon has become an expert in digital photography, he has owned and operated most types of professional specialty cameras including Horseman 4×5, Noblex 6x12cm, Hasselblad Imacon 6 shot. Graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Ca. in 1996, he brings his eye and appreciation of light and tone gleaned from developing and printing a multitude of sheet and roll films, and working with traditional Black and white and color enlargers, into the high resolution art pieces of Primer. Whether mountain climbing, skydiving or competing in the hardest mountain bike challenge on the earth, Jon has always pushed boundaries. Primer challenges traditional notions of weapons and beauty, and takes a fresh approach to the explosive issue of weaponry. Richard Bienstock, a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, and author of the Slash biography, called Rouse “ a Master of Visualization – a 21st century rock star of the world of fine art photography.”

Armed with the highest resolution camera available, contemporary artist JON ROUSE has succeeded at creating masterpieces of our time. ROUSE has mastered the artistic and technological skills over decades to unlock the boundaries to embrace a subject matter rarely showcased in contemporary fine art. As a master of visualization, artistic visual technology, and illumination, ROUSE has elevated photographic artistry with his collection PRIMER: An Explosive Study Of Weaponry.

ROUSE uses a highly technical photographic macro alignment process that bundles fine layers of resolution to achieve the finest detail of each and every subject he marquees. Color and contrast leap out from these dramatically limited originals through a precise specialized lithographic process thus allowing an injection of deeper more vibrant colors onto ROUSE featured subject matter. A prime example of the ROUSE process is the stunning Crimson MK II Grenade which is a massive original of greater than 3 Terabytes. That represents 3 Trillion Bytes of resolution within one ROUSE original. Final resolution so high that ROUSE works of art can often appear 3-Dimensional. A fact rarely witnessed in any contemporary fine art pieces of our day…and thus, taking months to complete each ROUSE original from concept to creation resulting in a clarity rarely seen in fine works of art of this size.

De Castro, Joseph ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

The De Castro family designs and produces wooden and fossil stone inlay sculptures. Although other members of the family are involved in the artwork, it is primarily produced by two brothers – one in the Philippines, who does most of the woodcarving, and another in the U.S., who mills the stone set from the Philippines and does the inlay work.

Jundi, Hu ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

Hu Jundi

Born in Jilin province in 1962.

He graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts College Chongqing in 1984.

Beijing,Chengdu Art Exhibition Gallery of Southwest University for Nationalities, Sichuan Chengdu
“Pain” Current Arts Exploration Owner Mrs. Barbara Woollen / Curator Mrs. Denise Wilbourne
Exhibition Gallery of the tree… Beijing Song Zhuang
Twelfth National Gallery of Art Oil Painting Exhibition in Hangzhou Zheijang Hangzhou
International Painting Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Italian space. Song Zhuang Beijing
Twelfth National Exhibition of Fine Arts Exhibition, Chengdu, Sichuan Art Museum,
Fourth “Arts Gas High Spirit” International Arts Stream Art Museum, Taiwan, Taoyuan
“Local power” Painting Invitation Exhibition, Sichuan Leshan Teachers College Museum of Art
“Feng Domain Southwest” – My Land My People Oil Painting Exhibition – Chengdu, Sichuan Art Museum Wenxuan
“Cheng Huai View Road,” Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Sichuan Museum of Art
“Chu Feng Shu Yun” . Hunan, Sichuan Oil Painters Invitattion Exhibition International Country Museum of China, Beijing
“Cross-border German Art Exhibition Gallery Jane Zhang Germany. Frankfurt
“Wu Mei” Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition of Roman culture if Rome, Italy
“Feng Domain Southwest” – My Land My People Painting Invitational Exhibition – Exhibition of Guangxi Nanning, Gungxi, Guangxi Museum of Art
Contemporary Art Space Blue Flame Oil Painting Exhibition Shanghai, China
Traceability Journey” foreign contemporary art exhibition in Chengdu, Sichuan Art Museum
“Sense of Direction” Spring Art 2012 in Chengdu, Sichuan Art Museum
China’s first Masterpiece Invitation Exhibition Tour” Tangshan Museum Tangshan
“Beyond the Flesh,” Chinese Contemporary Art International The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery United States. Columbia Maryland
“Old Wrap” a retrospective of the art of the Court. Art Brroadcaster Chengdu, Sichuan
“Demeanor” China’s first oil painting Masters of Western Art Invitational Exhibition of Tianjin
“Ignition” – Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition Xichang, Sichuan Museum of Art
“Exceptional” – Chengdu Spring contemporary art exhibition space in Chengdu, Sichuan
Museum Collection Dujiangyan, Sichuan Museum, Chengdu
“Eastbound Western” Shanghai – Sichuan Oil Painting Exhibition Chengdu Tianyi Art Museum
Wuxi Canal Museum Collection. Wuxi, Jiangsu Wuxi Canal Museum
Aesthetic New Beginnning” Art Exhibition Galleries. Chengdu, Sichuan
“Wayne Art Exhibition” United States. Los Anngeles
Eleventh National Art Exhibition, Hubei. Wuhan, Hubei Museum of Art
“Tea millet flowers,” Feizi Gallery Invitational Exhibition Feizi Gallery China. Shanghai
“White Horse. Non-Horse” 2008 Sichuan academic painters horse gallery. Chengdu, Sichuan
“Shock – face the forces of Nature” academic Invitational Exhibition blue space. Chengdu
“Jet lag, sero bound” – Contemporary Art Exhibition Gallery Swire China. Shanghai
The first “Southwest Power” Contemporary Art Exhibition Tour Shanghai Yuan Gong Art Museum Chengdu, Sichuan
Los Angeles International Art Show Los Angeles, California United States.
Solo exhibition Mandarin Fine Art Gallery Laguna Beach, CA USA
All around. BA Man Exhibition” Club Gallery. Ghengdu, Sichuan
S. C. F International Foundation Art Exhibition (Named International Artist of the Year Award). Las Vegas, Nevada USA
One man retrospective at Art de Vignettes Gallery Las Vegas Nevada Owner Mrs. Barbara Woollen / Curator Mrs. Denise Wilbourne
Master Hu was awarded “Artist of the Year” by Sunrise Children’s Foundation
“Hallmark 2006” American solo exhibition United States. Los Angeles
Seventh National Watercolor and Pastel Painting (bronze medal) Zhengzhou Art Museum Zhengzhou, Henan.
Solo Show at Art de Vignettes Gallery Las Vegas Nevada Owner Mrs. Barbara Woollen / Curator Mrs. Denise Wilbourne
Hallmark 2004” American solo exhibition United States. Los Angeles
Tenth National Art Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art Guangdon, Guangzhou
2004 Sichuan Oil Painting Exhibition (Excellence Award) Sichuan. Chengdu, Sichuan Art Museum
“CARRARA Exhibition ‘United States. New York
The Third Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition China Art Gallery China. Beijing
Seventh Shanghai Art Fair Shanghai Mart China. Shanghai
“Together in the New Century – Chengdu, Sichuan Oil Painting Exhibition”, Sichuan Art Museum
“Yan-an National Art Exhibition” (Excellence Award) Sichuan. Chengdu, Sichuan Art Museum

Yoshitoshi, Tsukioka ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

AKA: Taiso
Born: 1839
Died: June 9, 1892
Nationality: Japanese

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi lived during a period of incredible turmoil and upheaval in Japan. After the forced opening of the country by a U.S. fleet, Japan underwent an often bloody transition from the classical Shogunate to modern Japan.

Yoshitoshi’s personal life was like an analogy of this difficult era. The struggle for survival in a new world and the constant fight between tradition and westernization characterized his life. Yoshitoshi prints represent the traditional Japanese values.

The artist is also referred to as Yoshitoshi Taiso. Taiso was his go from 1873 on – the name he used in his signature.

The given name of Yoshitoshi was Yonejiro. We do not know much about his youth. But all indications are, that it was not a very pleasant one. His father had taken a mistress and the boy was apparently unwanted. He was brought up by his uncle.

At the age of eleven, Yoshitoshi was enrolled as a student of the school of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, the great artist of ukiyo-e. One of his school classmates was Yoshiiku. Yoshiiku bullied the younger Yoshitoshi. The rivalry and hostility between both continued for the rest of their lives.

At the age of 14, Yoshitoshi composed his first woodblock print – a triptych of the naval battle of Dannoura in which the Minamoto clan destroyed the forces of the Taira clan in 1185. The same year, in 1853, U.S. Commodore Perry arrived with a fleet of battle ships and forced the opening of Japan to the West.

Kuniyoshi was like a father towards Yoshitoshi. After his master had passed away in 1861, hard times were ahead of the young student. He barely had enough commissions to survive.

The early 1860s were a period of great unrest and civil war-like skirmishes between proponents of the old Shogun government and their opponents who gathered around the emperor. During the Shogunate, that is since 1192, the Japanese Emperors had been powerless.

In addition to the political instability, a devastated economy made things worse for ordinary citizens. Japan was then in a deep recession, plagued by hyper-inflation and by crop failures.

In 1868, the last Shogun resigned after 2000 men of his troops were badly defeated by an imperial force in the bloody battle of Ueno. It was more of a massacre than a battle. The imperial soldiers were well-equipped with modern guns while their enemies fought with swords.

Yoshitoshi eye-witnessed this battle. Immediately afterwards, he composed many prints with extremely bloody and gruesome scenes – often with a black background. Certainly, these Yoshitoshi prints must be seen in connection with the events that took place in these years of upheaval. Besides, the publishing of ukiyo-e prints was always driven by the thrive for commercial success. And not much different from today’s tabloid press, themes with blood, sex and crime sold well.

With the Meiji Restoration, Yoshitoshi experienced a short period of modest commercial success followed by a sharp decline in commissions and bitter poverty. In the early 1870s, his problems with mental illness and depression erupted. Unable to work, he hardly produced any prints for two years.

In 1873, he recovered from his depressions and changed his name to Taiso, which means “great resurrection”. But in spite of new energies, his poverty continued. Yoshitoshi had to experience embarrassing moments. Okoto, his mistress sold herself to a brothel to raise money for Yoshitoshi’s support. Okoto shared the fate of many wives of impoverished former samurai who could not support their families. After the end of the Shogunate the privileges that this warrior class had enjoyed for centuries, were abolished.

In 1877, the political events changed Yoshitoshi’s life again. This time it was in his favor. An uprise of the samurai class came to its final climax. The samurai were lead by Saigo Takamori. After initial successes of the rebellion, the imperial troops pushed the rebels back to a hillside near Kagoshima. In the final battle, Sago Takamori and his last faithful followers committed suicide in samurai manner when their situation had become hopeless.

In the aftermath of this rebellion, there was a huge demand for illustrations of the events and Yoshitoshi was literally flooded with commissions.

In the 1880s, Yoshitoshi Taiso was finally financially settled. He moved into a huge house of his own and married a woman from the pleasure quarters. His school flourished. In 1882, he was employed by a newspaper. This gave him a steady income and marked the end of long years of poverty and sufferings.

Yoshitoshi’s reputation grew, and in spite of his bad health, he relentlessly composed a great number of prints. These years were Yoshitoshi’s most prolific ones – not only in terms of quantity, but also in terms of artistic quality. In 1985, the first designs of One Hundred Aspects of the Moon were published. This series was extremely popular. People waited in long lines to get one of the new Yoshitoshi prints. In 1888, the series 32 Aspects of Customs and Manners was published – a series of women prints. In 1889, a new series with ghost subjects came on the market: New Form of 36 Ghosts. Yoshitoshi Taiso firmly believed in the existence of ghosts. He was convinced of having experienced by himself some personal encounters with supernatural appearances.

The symptoms of mental illness became more and more frequent. Nevertheless, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka continued to work. He died on June 9, 1892 from a cerebral hermorrhage at the age of 53.

Whistler, James ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Born: July 11, 1834; Lowell, Massachusetts
Died: 1903; London
Nationality: American

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, James Whistler spent his early childhood in St. Petersburg, Russia where his father was a consulting railroad engineer. Russia was where he began his artistic training until moving to London with his sister. The family returned to the United States after the death of Whistler’s father and James attended school in Connecticut. He went on to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point but was discharged for demerits and for failing chemistry. From 1854 to 1855, he learned the craft of etching while working as a cartographer for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in Washington, D.C. After that experience, Whistler moved to Paris where he exhibited with Henri Fantin-Latour. Whistler met Impressionist Claude Monet in 1865, the artist who helped fuel his passion for Japanese prints and Chinese porcelains. He didn’t have his first one-man show until 1874 when he exhibited at the Flemish Gallery in London. After that he was commissioned to decorate the Peacock Room for the Frederick Leyland House and became a member of the Society of British Artists. He became president of that organization in 1886 but was voted out of office two years later. In 1889, he was awarded the Legion of Honor and later made an officer. Back in Paris, Whistler began directing his own art school in 1898, the Academie Carmen. That same year he became the president of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters, and Gravers in London, the city where he died in 1903.

Warhol, Andy ˜ Centaur Art Galleries

Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987)

Born: August 6, 1928
Died: February 22, 1987
Nationality: American

Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives. It is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist.

Warhol’s art encompassed many forms of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. He was also a pioneer in computer-generated art using Amiga computers that were introduced in 1984, two years before his death. He founded Interview Magazine and was the author of numerous books, including The Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties. He is also notable as a gay man who lived openly as such before the gay liberation movement. His studio, The Factory, was a famous gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons.

He began exhibiting his work during the 1950s. He held exhibitions at the Hugo Gallery, and the Bodley Gallery in New York City and in California his first West Coast gallery exhibition was on July 9, 1962, in the Ferus Gallery of Los Angeles. The exhibition marked his West Coast debut of pop art. Andy Warhol’s first New York solo pop art exhibition was hosted at Eleanor Ward’s Stable Gallery November 6–24, 1962. The exhibit included the works Marilyn Diptych, 100 Soup Cans, 100 Coke Bottles and 100 Dollar Bills. At the Stable Gallery exhibit, the artist met for the first time poet John Giorno who would star in Warhol’s first film, Sleep, in 1963.

It was during the 1960s that Warhol began to make paintings of iconic American objects such as dollar bills, mushroom clouds, electric chairs, Campbell’s Soup Cans, Coca-Cola bottles, celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, Troy Donahue, Muhammad Ali and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as newspaper headlines or photographs of police dogs attacking civil rights protesters. During these years, he founded his studio, “The Factory” and gathered about him a wide range of artists, writers, musicians, and underground celebrities

Warhol died in New York City on February 22, 1987. According to news reports, he had been making good recovery from a routine gallbladder surgery at New York Hospital before dying in his sleep from a sudden post-operative cardiac arrhythmia. Prior to his diagnosis and operation, Warhol delayed having his recurring gallbladder problems checked, as he was afraid to enter hospitals and see doctors. His family sued the hospital for inadequate care, saying that the arrhythmia was caused by improper care and water intoxication.Andy Warhol is a representative of the American version of POP. His pictures of Campbell’s soup tins, Coca-Cola bottles and Marilyn Monroe are often reproduced by the silk-screen process in multiple images. He has made films, including one of the Empire State Building which lasts for eight hours.

Andy Warhol by Sunday B. Morning

In 1967, Andy Warhol made a Portfolio of 10 screen print portraits of Marilyn Monroe from the publicity photo for the 1953 film “Niagara.” The portfolios of 10 screen prints were printed in an original edition of 250. All of the prints from the original edition of 250 were signed in pencil and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso; some signed in pen; some initialed on verso; some dated. Aside from this edition, 26 complete sets of Artist’s Proofs were printed, signed and lettered A-Z on verso.

The first edition of the Marilyn and Flowers series were very successful and many hoped the artist would print another edition. In the 1970’s Warhol worked with German and Belgian printers for his European exhibitions. They proposed an edition of the Marilyn’s and Flower’s for the European market. However, Warhol was not interested and refused to help with a European edition.

The original screens were brought to Europe anyway and the first unauthorized prints were produced in slightly different colors from the original portfolio. The edition of 250 unauthorized prints were stamped in black on verso, “Published by Sunday B. Morning” and “Fill in Your own Signature.” Andy Warhol inscribed some prints, “This is not by me” and was well aware of the European editions and came to accept them as they were printed and published by two of his close friends.

Due to the popularity of the first unauthorized edition, Sunday B. Morning has continued publishing the prints from the original screens. The subsequent editions are published in original colors, not numbered, and are stamped in blue ink to mark the difference with the first edition.

Sunday B. Morning color screen prints are printed on museum board with the highest quality archival inks. They are the same quality as the original screen prints by Andy Warhol. These screen prints are written about in the Andy Warhol Print Catalogue Raisonne and are true collectibles.

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