Hundred Years Gallery is mourning the unexpected and sudden death of artist and dearest friend Jazmin Velasco. We have dressed our walls with some of her linocuts and created an altar with the remains of a series of paper cut out figures created in collaboration with Montse Gallego back in 2018 to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Some of the works exhibited will be for sale to raise funds for her family in Mexico and England. All our love is now with them.
Jazmin Velasco was from Guadalajara, Mexico, where she studied graphic design and illustration. In Mexico City she studied oil painting and printmaking. Later she moved to London where she studied multimedia and established her work as an artist, printmaker, ceramist and illustrator of books. In 2011 she married artist & printmaker Colin Moore.
She was inspired by the work of Jose Guadalupe Posada, the father of Mexican printmaking, and by Leopoldo Mendez who founded the Taller de la Grafica Popular, the celebrated organization which produced the posters and pamphlets that brought the Mexican Revolution to its illiterate masses, and created some of the finest graphic art of the 20th century.
Jazmin was also a practitioner and teacher of Taoist martial arts. In China, the arts and martial prowess have been linked since ancient times. The martial arts themselves are a kind of fine art for those who understand them.