This month marks the beginning of the M Gallery of Fine Art SE Great American Painting Sweepstakes! Tony Pro’s master work, In the Garden, is now on view at the M but in a little over a year from now some lucky soul will be taking this $12,000 painting home with them! In the fall of 2012, the drawing for In the Garden will be conducted by the Editor of American Art Collector, Joshua Rose, during the French Quarter Art Walk. What an exciting night that is sure to be!
Already the locked box at the M is filled with entries from our enthusiastic guests and our first e-mailing has been sent out with a link to our online sweepstakes form. In September, a postcard insert will appear in American Art Collector, which recipients can send to us along with their name, email, and phone number. ENTER TO WIN TONY PRO’S MASTERWORK IN THE GARDEN.
It is an amazing thing that we are giving away a painting as breathtaking as Pro’s In the Garden. Two geishas stand on the porch of a structure that could be a traditional Japanese okiya, a place where modern geishas still live during their long apprenticeship. Behind the figures is a luscious garden. The girls are not facing the onlooker but are looking towards the background, their faces hidden from the view. With elaborate costumes and delicately powdered faces, they appear to be having a scintillating conversation, which can only be whispered in the privacy of the garden. In an effort to hear them speak, viewers might find themselves bringing their ears, rather than their eyes, closer to the painting. Geisha’s have fascinated the Western world because their culture has largely been shrouded in mystery. Pro’s painting seems to comment on this mystery.
Tony Pro was born in Northridge, CA in 1973. He grew up in Southern California around artists such as his father, Julio, who was an up and-coming artist in the Southwest art community. Pro received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from California State University, Northridge and at the same time attended California Art Institute where he studied with famed illustrator, Glenn Orbik. There he learned the value of academic figure and head drawing and how to apply strict study principles to his craft.
Pro’s influences are the likes of John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Joaquin Sorolla and Philip Alexius de Laszlo. The French Naturalist artists like Emille Friant, Dagnan Bouveret, and Jules-Bastien Lepage, also play a large influence in Pro’s style of painting.
Pro is a guest member of Richard Schmid’s Putney Painters and is currently privately teaching master classes in painting. In 2007, Pro started his production company with the production of Jeremy Lipking’s first demonstration DVD, The Portrait Sketch. In January, he released his own Portrait Sketch DVD. Also in 2010, Pro opened Zarolla Online Art Academy where he and other master artists will teach painting and drawing to people around the world, via the internet. Pro is a Signature Member of the California Art Club.
Currently, he lives in Westlake Village with his wife, Elizabeth and 3 children, Ian, William and Ava.