Flood Gallery Fine Art Center

Flood Mission

Flood Fine Art Center is a non-profit contemporary art institution dedicated to advancing the careers of emerging and mid career artists, as well as educating the public and furthering the understanding of contemporary art and its importance within the community and beyond. We aim to provide a stimulating environment for artists so that they will successively enlighten, challenge, inspire, and elevate awareness for the necessity of art in contemporary culture.

Flood Fine Art Center seeks to be a vital cultural resource for Asheville through providing funding and space for innovative local and national artists as well as curators who stretch boundaries in all media. Through our extensive exhibition schedule, residency program, educational activities, presentations and publications we aim to serve a diverse audience that will in turn enhance quality of life and provide opportunities and experiences that would otherwise be unavailable.


June 8, 2007, Taiyo la Paix


The Flood Fine Arts Center is proud to present a body of work from artist Taiyo la Paix for the Gallery's June Exhibition.   The opening will be June 8 th from 7-10pm.

Taiyo was born near Philadelphia to an American mother and a Japanese father. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Kyoto, Japan, where Taiyo was raised. In 1986, when Taiyo was 14 years old, he came to America alone, to attend Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he studied with Chris Cook, former curator of the Addison Gallery of American Art.   He finished his course of study there in 1990 and went on to receive his B.A. in Fine Arts from Middlebury College, graduating cum laude.

Ron Platt, past curator from the Asheville Art Museum talks about Taiyo's work:   "Taiyo la Paix combines illustration, Japanese anime and art historical references into a body of paintings about fantasy and desire. . . [He] is a confident draftsman whose paintings are complexly composed and boldly colored."

Taiyo has work currently in the Make It New Exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum.   He welcomes visitors to his studio in Weaverville, NC.