SOURCE: World of Art Showcase
LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Sep 21, 2012) - The World of Art Showcase (www.worldofartshowcase.com) is pleased to invite the Morpheus Gallery (www.morpheusgallery.com), a renowned online venue dedicated to art books and works from prominent surreal and fantastique artists, to exhibit at its inaugural event at the Wynn Las Vegas December 20-22, 2012.
Created and directed by James Cowan, the Gallery (the primary aspect of Morpheus Fine Art) opened a brick and mortar location in Beverly Hills, Calif. from 1995-2002 but has run exclusively as an online outlet and fine art book publisher since then. Starting with its first artist H.R. Giger (also a participant at the World of Art Showcase), the Morpheus Gallery currently features some of the world's top imaginative painters in the surreal/fantastic genres -- including Zdzislaw Beksinski, Jacek Yerka, De Es Schwertberger, Wayne D. Barlowe, Judson Huss, Gerard Di-Maccio, Viktor Safonkin, Dariusz Zawadzki and Piotr Naliwajko. Additionally, Morpheus publishes and represents Jota Leal, the master transformative portraitist who will be exhibiting as well.
In addition to selling high end paintings from its featured artists, the Morpheus Gallery publishes limited edition prints and lithographs. Since publishing its first high quality large format book showcasing the work of Giger, the gallery has published 15 widely distributed books dedicated to its artists.
In 2009, Cowan launched Morpheus Fine Watches (www.morpheuswatches.com), an offshoot company creating and selling high end watches, some of which are based on Morpheus artists' work. Among its current offerings are the Culinary Watch for chefs, the Passagen Watch (a series inspired by Giger's industrial paintings) and The Cinema Watch for lovers of the art of cinema. The later watches are fully custom and Swiss made.
Most of Morpheus's artists are Europeans who have a certain classical aesthetic that appeals to Cowan and his ever-growing clientele. "All have a tremendous skill at painting that is very detail oriented and takes a long time to finish," he says. "These are not abstract or simple paintings to be used for décor or interior decoration, which is a lot of what often passes for 'fine art' these days."
In addition to U.S. clients, the gallery has customers throughout Europe and Japan.