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Fabian Perez

Fabian Perez

Born in 1967, Fabian grew up outside Buenos Aires in a turbulent world of political upheaval during the post-Peron military regime. Such a childhood could not fail to impact on every area of his life including his artistic ethos, especially when taken in conjunction with his unconventional upbringing.

At the age of 9 he became fascinated with the paintbrush, and using watercolors and tempera he painted portraits of his friends and family. His mother, Edua Herreria, a beautiful Brazilian women, met his father, a handsome and charismatic ladies’ man, Antonio Perez, in the late 1950’s, in Campana, a small city outside Buenos Aires. They married and had four children of whom Fabian is the youngest.

Edua was the creative force in Fabian’s life and Antonio was the inspiration for his work. Fabian witnessed his father’s unorthodox and often difficult life, portraying him in his paintings as “the cool guy” outside nightclubs and bordellos. Antonio owned a number of brothels and illegal nightclubs in Campana, and was frequently chased and closed down by the police. Nevertheless the young Fabian was constantly exposed to beautiful women who could seduce a man “simply by lighting a cigarette”. Today we see these “ladies of the night” exquisitely portrayed in many of Fabian’s paintings - memories of his youth and the nightlife he observed.

At the age of 16 Fabian was faced with the loss of his mother and 3 years later the loss of his father. The sadness and despair he experienced left him confused and searching for answers. In 1984 he had crossed paths with the greatest inspiration of his life - Sensei Oscar - who later became his teacher, master, close friend, and father figure. Heartbroken and alone, he therefore found strength and a degree of inner peace through the study of martial arts.

Then in 1987 Fabian set off on a journey that was to last until the the present day. After six months in Rio he took up residence in Padova, near Venice, where he stayed for seven years, studying with Oscar and painting daily before moving on to Okinawa, Japan. He finally decided to experience a different side of life in the USA, and in Los Angeles he worked as a busboy and a model, and ran odd jobs for Universal Studios. With his days full, he painted throughout the night and considers this the most creative period of his life.

In 2001 two art publishers and gallery owners saw and fell in love with an exhibition of Fabian’s work. They met Fabian two days later and they formed a partnership to promote, market and develop Fabian’s career as a fine artist. The collaboration was an overwhelming success; every painting Fabian created was sold immediately and the demand for his work exploded. Today his work is published by DeMontfort Fine Art in the UK.

Fabian wishes not to categorise his style as he does not want to limit himself or his work. His art is simply the passionate expression of his strong romantic feelings. Inspired by what is known in martial arts as the Muga (empty mind), Fabian finds himself in this almost meditative state of mind when he is at work, and the purity of his creativity flows. He now resides in Beverly Hills, California, where he paints, plays soccer, trains and teaches martial arts to close friends. He still travels the world for inspiration.

When we look closely at the paintings of Fabian Perez we can see some fascinating visual signposts that point us in the direction of his influences.

The first of these is the night time setting for many of his most powerful images. This distinctive trait leads us directly to the door of his father, Antonio, who Fabian has always cited as the inspiration for his work. Antonio owned a number of bordelloes as well as other clubs and was frequently chased and closed down by the police. Thus was born the young Fabian’s fascination with the underground world of night in the city.

The second visual signpost comes from the women who appear in Fabian’s paintings. The intimacy and respect with which these “women of the night” are portrayed is due in no small part to his upbringing, where he was befriended and often cared for by girls that other schoolboys were being warned against. The warmth and humanity of these women is as central to his images as their beauty and seductiveness. Like Toulouse Lautrec, whose vibrant but humorous portrayals of the Moulin Rouge cancan dancers offered us a uniquely intimate view of these extraordinary women, it is Fabian’s closeness to the reality of his subjects that sets him apart from other artists who might paint such figures from a greater distance.

Thirdly, there is the constant presence of rhythm which pervades every image, regardless of whether the subject is dancing or simply smoking on a balcony. This complete understanding of the tempo and cadences of the human body comes from two distinct areas of Fabian’s life. One is his own musicianship which is hugely important to him and connects with his artwork on a profound level. The other is his dedication to karate and the philosophy it embodies of identifying the essence of an individual and communicating that central vital spark on the canvas.

Antonio Capel - Antonio Guzmán Capel

Antonio Capel

"Antonio Guzmán Capel was born on the January 19, 1960 in Tétouan. Is a Spanish painter. Since 1961 he resides in the city of Palencia, Spain.

Self-taught artist. From childhood showed their innate qualities for drawing and painting. He made his first exhibition when he only eleven years old. Thereafter, each year held another exhibition. In the fourteen years of age exhibited his work in Switzerland, where he was regarded by local critics as a genius of painting, because as stated, was not known at that time to any artist with the ability to perform works such as that such an early age."

Christian Gaillard

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Christian Gaillard

Christian Gaillard was born at Avignon in 1951 and began his career as an illustrator, in 1973. He lives and works in Paris and Arles. His first exhibition of bullfighting subjects was in Nimes in 1989 and it is the ambitious paintings of bullfights which have now made the name of the artist all over the world. Gaillard has painted portraits of the greatest living matadors, many of whom are personal friends, including Ortega Cano, Nino de la Capea, Chamaco and Luis Francisco Espla.

He has worked for some of France’s most prestigious advertising agencies and his work has graced the covers of many prominent magazines. In 1982 Gaillard was awarded “Illustrator of the Year” by Mecanorma (The Academy of Graphic Design). He has also received numerous honours including Award Winner at the invitation-only Salon de la Marine Exhibition. In 2002 he was commission by Paris Fire Service to paint a portrait entitled “Profile of Courage” in memory of the fire fighters who perished in the terrorists attacks on September 11th which was presented to the Fire Department of New York City, under the authority of the President of France.

Gaillard has exhibited all over the world and his paintings are in numerous public and private collections. He is especially famous for his portraits, amazing his audience with his extraordinary technique. His realist style vigorously conveys the passion of his subject particularly in his graceful paintings of women. His work is powerful yet delicate and he infuses every piece of work with life and drama.

David Cobley

"David was born in 1954, and has been drawing and painting since early childhood.

He trained at Northampton and Liverpool Schools of Art and travelled around Europe and the Far East, living in Japan for almost ten years before settling with his young family in Bath. For a number of years he worked as an illustrator, but gradually painting took the place of illustration.

In 1996 he set up Bath Artists' Studios (formerly Widcombe Studios) in what used to be a Victorian infants' school. The Studios provides affordable studio space, art classes, talks and exhibitions, and he still has a studio there. In 1997 he was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (is an award-winning portrait and figure painter ), and served as its Honorary Secretary for four years.

Among his commissions to date are The Princess Royal, and in 2004 his portrait of Ken Dodd OBE was bought by the National Portrait Gallery, London for its permanent collection. He regularly exhibits at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and his paintings are in demand throughout the UK, as well as in South Africa and the USA. He has held solo exhibitions in Bath, London and Tokyo, and won numerous prizes for his work"

"Some of the earliest human sculptures are of the female nude, and the Greeks celebrated the naked human form in their sculptures of athletes. Since then, the nude has featured prominently throughout Western art.

David's fascination with the human form began as a boy, and in his early teens he started copying old master drawings of the male and female nude. His recent paintings use colour and light as meditations on solitude, longing and intimacy."


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