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Artist Studio: Jerome Tupa

Jerome Tupa
St. John/s Abbey
Collegeville, MN  56321

Born: 09/24/1941 (North Dakota)

Lived/Active: Minnesota/North Dakota / France

Profession(s): Painter

Known for: spiritual landscapes and shrines

Style(s): Fauvist, Colorist, Contemporary

Medium(s): Oil, Watercolor, Ink

Price Information as of 09/05/2012:
Watercolors $1,200 Oils range from $2000 to 35,000

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Artist Biography:
1941 Born: Rollette, North Dakota
1963 Religious Profession, St. John's Abbey
1972 Maitrise de la Civilization Francaise: University of Paris IV
1976 Doctorat du Troisieme Cycle, Sorbonne
1982 Priesthood ordination
Master of Divinity Degree,St. John's

Lecture Presentations
2008 Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, Fl. "Painting the Pilgrimage".
2003 Mayo clinic presentation in Jacksonville, Fl.:The Spiritual Creation.
2000 Mayo Clinic. Miami, Fl. "Art and Healing". A multi-media presentation of Paintings.
2000 Minnesota Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Mn. "In Quest of the Spirit".
2002-06-07 Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fl."Art and healing".

Painting the Pilgrimage: From Paris to Compostela. Naples Museum of Art, 2008.
2002 A Road to Rome: A Monk's journey. Curatorial text: Dr. Mark Krisco from the Art Institute of Chicago
Welcome Press. Publication date 2002.

1999 An Uncommon Mission: Fr. Jerome Tupa Paints the
California Missions,Holly R. Witchey, Curator
of Contemporary Art San Diego Museum of Art. Welcome Press, San Francisco, New York City.

1996 In Quest of the Spirit: Laurel Reuter, Curator
the North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks,North Dakota A retrospective look at the work of Fr. Jerome Tupa.
1985 Galerie Laurens, Paris
1988 Galerie des Pas Perdus, UNESCO, Paris
1990 Colt Gallery, Nice, France
1990 The International Gallery Invitational, Chicago
1990 The Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN
1992 The Art Miami International Gallery Invitational
1993 The Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York City
1996 The North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks
2000 Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
2000 Fresno Metropolian Museum, Fresno, CA
2001 The Getty Gallery, Los Angeles Central Library
2003 Pope John Paul II Cultural center, Washington D.C.
2004 Marshall Fields State Street Center, Chicago, Il
2005 National Museum of Catholic Art and Culture, N.Y
2006 Alice Roger's and Target Galleries, Collegeville, Mn.
2008 Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Naples, Florida
St. John's University; 1965-1969
Paris, France; Sorbonne 1969-1975

2008, Jerome Tupa Painting the Pilgrimage: - From Paris to Compostela, Naples Museum of Art, 79 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2002, Jerome Tupa The Road to Rome - A Modern Pilgrimage, Welcome Books, 159 pages (color)
2000, Holly Witchey An Uncommon Mission - California Missions, Welcome Books, 96 pages (color)
1996, In Quest of the Spirit - The Painting of Jerome Tupa, North Dakota Museum of Art, 52 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog

Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
1985 Galerie Laurens, Paris, france
1988 Galerie Des Pas Perdus, UNESCO, Paris, France
1990 The Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN.
1992 Art miami International Gallery Invitational
1993 The Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York City
1996 The North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, N. Dak.
2000 Santa Barbara historical Museum, California
2001 Getty Center, los Angeles Central library, California
2003 Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington, D.C.
2004 Marshall Fields State Street Gallery, Chicago
2005 National Museum of Catholic Art and Culture, New York City
2006 Alice Rogers and Target Galleries, St. John's University
2008 Naples Museum of Art, Florida

St. John's University; Artist in Residence 1999-2009

Artist Statement:

I paint in order in order to create a visual experience of Spirit.  I have worked to allow the viewer to see both real shrines and imaginary shrines existing only in the heart.  We seek places of peace and serenity.  I believe that my paintings offer such an experience.  I love to create.  I am delighted that others enjoy the journey with me.
Review of Artist's Work:
Jerome Tupa was born Rollette N.Dak.and became a monk at St. John's Abbey in Minnesota in 1962. From an early age he was a painter and sculptor. It was during the 5 years of studies in Paris that Jerome really began maturing in his artistic style. During this period he was in a milieux of art and architecture that influenced his vision of the world and of the creative act. From that time he was an avid painter exhibiting in Paris, Bordeaux, Nice, Rome and throughout the United States. In recent years he has been working with the concept of pilgrimage as a metaphor for our journey in life. Having searched for a new genre of expression for spiritual art. So began the years during which Tupa has explored the spirituel journey and a new iconography by first of all using the images of the dance followed by a series of shrines and artifacts from the catacombs. His more recent works have been inspired by the architecture of California and Europe in the pilgrimages of the western world: the California Missions, the pilgrimage road to visit the relics of Peter and Paul in Rome and the great trek from Paris to Compostela in Spain to pray at the tomb of San Diego. At present Fr. Jerome is working to complete the last great pilgrimage of the Christian West and that is from Venice to Jerusalem, the great geographical focal point for all of Christian and Jewish spirituality.

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