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Established in 1996, James Yarosh Associates Fine Art Gallery
is located in the second floor loft space of the former 1917 firehouse
at 45 E. Main Street (Rt.520) in Historic Holmdel Village, NJ 07733
Entrance on the inside corner of building & additional parking lots in the rear.

Open Saturday 12-4pm. Weekday & evenings hours scheduled by appointment
732 993 5278 or 732 993 5ART

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Special thanks to our guest, Russian art historian John Wurdeman.

I have always thought of galleries as being on the front lines of the art world and an art dealer¹s instincts and ability to curate collections as a direct conduit to an artist¹s easel and stories to present. Beyond this, what makes a gallery relevant is that it must be a reflection of not only what has been, but for what is yet to come.

The latter statement became doubly apropos in 1998 when I first saw the works of Jonathan Wurdeman, the only American artist to have graduated from Moscow¹s Surikov Art Institute, self-exhibiting in the United States alongside the works of his teachers teachers (including Vyacheslav Zabelin, Nikolai Dubovik, Nikolai Kozlov and Alexey Suhovetsky) and his contemporaries (Ilya Yatsenko and Alexander Kosnichev). As an artist myself, seeing the work gave me great pause. I purchased paintings at first sight and formed an artist-art dealer alliance. Sometimes instincts can be as bold as an artist¹s brush stroke and having the flexibility to quickly swing directional emphasis of gallery showings is pivotal to success.

My early recognition of Russian Realism paintings as they emerged from the former Soviet Union was, to my credit, at the beginning of this genre's U.S. breakthrough and garnered national notice for the gallery. But it was breathtaking to witness the moves of the artist¹s father, John Wurdeman, in seizing opportunities to immerse himself in study and navigate his unprecedented accesses to these artists, their studios and their homes. I believe John and I had the same light bulb moment when we saw the quality and greatness of this art. Since that time, John has amassed what is perhaps the greatest collection of Russian Realism paintings outside of Russia, been the subject of numerous national magazine feature stories and in 2004, along with his wife Kathy, opened Lazare Gallery in Virginia to become a specialized gallery and has become a leading figure in the exportation of Russian art.

Over the years, John has graciously shared with my gallery and clients insights and stories of visits to artists' studios and discoveries of each new artist as doors opened. Always a gentlemen as a business colleague, John has become a friend to myself and to collectors, whom he has made part of each discovery and visit to Russia. He has embarked on larger-than-life adventures and education through meetings with artists and scholars of Russian art with the fearlessness of a cowboy in a foreign land and has emerged as a respected, trusted and important figure within the arts. The gallery is proud of our many years of sharing this journey to become the source of such collections for the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, which is highlighted by what we present in our annual exhibition and trunk show of available paintings.


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