Written by Debbie Hall and photography by Kate Gelbart
Bringing Art to Las Vegas for over 40 years
Centaur Art Galleries is the oldest Las Vegas art gallery featuring the works of master and contemporary artists as well as a place to enjoy fine art. There is a collection of art masterpieces by some of the most important artists in history from the 20th century through today. Its collection features Rembrandt, Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Norman Rockwell, LeRoy Neiman and Mark Lewis.
Several contemporary artists are also on display. Anatole Krasnyansky, a prominent architect and watercolorist, left the U.S.S.R. in 1975 and immigrated to the United States. With a master’s degree in architecture and fine art, Krasnyansky’s awareness is showcased in his art. He demonstrates the interdependence of architecture, sculpture, painting and applied art along with his knowledge of these diverse disciplines. While using traditional watercolor techniques, Krasnyansky’s innovative inclusion of paper texture into the creative process is a dynamic component of his art. He is one of the first artists to transform the watercolor medium with properties of an 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.
Hu Jundi was born in China and is one of the most intriguing painters, recognized for his ability to create a sense of delicate serenity and harmony. His work is a fusion of traditional Chinese brush with the depth of an oil painting. His paintings meld Eastern and Western culture together. His works are mostly based on the theme of female characters with classical charm and beauty of the Orient, expressing innocent feminine beauty. Jundi seeks his inspiration from traditional Chinese Yuan verse poetry, music and classical literature.
Embracing contemporary pop art, DeVon paints iconic figures including superheroes, rock legends and Hollywood stars. He layers his images with other images, photographs, paint, diamond dust, Swarovski crystals, veils, linen, enamel, wood and light (white or ultraviolet) set in shadow boxes. Sometimes he splatters paint over collages.
DeVon discovered Andy Warhol’s images and contacted Warhol’s protégé, pop artist Steve Kaufman, whose body of work is shown in Centaur Art Galleries. In 2010, Kaufman passed away suddenly, but DeVon had the opportunity to work with Kaufman and continue in his own artistic path.
Renowned jewelry designer Sigrid Insull is Centaur Art Galleries’ first-ever permanent jewelry artist. Her formal training includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts as well as attending the Chicago Institute of Design. She taught at universities and developed a successful career in costume design for theatre, film and television. Now a resident of Las Vegas, Insull creates art one can wear using unique antique objects in combination with precious and semi-precious stones. Insull combines form, color, texture and design in her pieces. Her most recent one-of-a-kind luxury necklace features magnificent pearls from the South Seas and precious and semi-precious stones combined with antique artifacts from around the world. Insull is the wife of actor Bill Lucking, who has appeared in over 100 movies and television shows. His most recent character was Piney Winston in FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.”
Formerly a researcher in cardiovascular health and electrophysiology, Pamela Sukhum left the biomedical field to pursue her true passion of painting. An avid traveler, she has studied in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, South America and Africa. Sukhum incorporates her experience from her travels in her paintings. Through this influence, her body of work is characterized by rich colors and textures as well as warm, radiant energy. Her use of both broad, sweeping lines and intricate details gives her work depth and dimension. Her journeys around the globe, from the monasteries of Tibet to the refugee camps of Eastern Chad, are expressed in her art.
Originally opened 38 years ago by President and CEO Richard C. Perry as Centaur Sculpture Galleries and Minotaur Fine Arts Galleries, the galleries were first in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and then the Fashion Show mall to reach tourists and residents. The two galleries were merged, and he then built an 8,000-square-foot gallery with room for expansion. The gallery showcases all styles and mediums including abstract, impressionist and pop art. There are lithographs from both world wars that have been preserved and are now on display. The new location holds events to celebrate the art and artists, pairing it with food and music.
Centaur Art Galleries
4345 Dean Martin Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89103