Discover Local Artists: Laurance Rassin

Laurance Rassin, a New York snowbird who winters with relatives in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, aims to produce art in zero gravity on Virgin Galactic. To that end, he will undergo space training at the Nastar Center in Pennsylvania to get him ready for a suborbital flight, and has been exhibiting his works offering them for sale in order to finance his trip. See some of it before he blasts off at Paul Fisher Gallery, January 19 to February 19, and at Lamborghini Palm Beach, January 21.

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“Night Landing,” oil on canvas, 48 by 60 inches, $20,000

The NASTAR Center,a Federal Aviation Administration safety-approved training facility, prepares passengers for Virgin Galactic’s specific flight profile, which takes passengers up 50,000 feet before releasing them in the SpaceShipTwo suborbital craft. SpaceShipTwo then ignites its rocket boosters and the vehicle jets toward space before descending back to about 70,000 feet The total flight time is about 2.5 hours, during which passengers experience approximately four minutes of weightlessness. The cost of the two-day training program is $6,000, and currently, seats on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo are commanding $200,000 each.

“We are all part of something bigger, or least we hope so,” he said. “This is what drives me to paint, sculpt, make fashions and music with my blue rider rock band.”

His collection for “Into Space” spans a decade of  his work and reflects his love of the modern era, space travel and romance. Proceeds will be shared between support for his flight and Autism Speaks.

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Laurance Rassin

Rassin calls his large-scale impasto oil paintings, sumptious and color filled. These add up to more than 500 original works along with his bronze scultpures, ceramics, tapestries and textiles, which he weaves together, creating characters and scenes to tell a whimisical story.

His work is featured regularly at Bonhams & Butterfields, 20th Century in Manhattan and his women’s fashion line, Laurance Rassin Signature, has been featured at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Rassin grew up outside Washington, DC and Palm Beach, Fla. and graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1991.He has fronted a rock band since the early 1990s and is presently recording a rock album with Doc Allison, James Brown’s famed percussionist in “New Blue Riders: Art Dreams.”

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“The Crystal Ball Foretold Space Travel,” oil on canvas, 60 by 72 inches

Paul Fisher Gallery is located in the Flamingo Building, 433 Flamingo Drive, in West Palm Beach. The gallery is open by appointment Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  An opening event is planned for January 19, 6-10 p.m. For information, call  (561) 832-5255  or go to info@paulfishergallery.com

On Friday, Jan. 21, an event to benefit Autism Speaks featuring Laurance’s works will be held at Lamborghini of Palm Beach, 2345 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It will be hosted by the Barron Group at UBS Financial.

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