PAINTER Fernando Gerassi believes that nothing succeeds like failure. "Each time you fail," he says, "you learn something. If you have faith in yourself you accept the failure and go on. The more failures the better." This philosophy has seen Gerassi through some dark times, and brought him to a point where he may have to abandon it. Gerassi's first exhibition in 20 years opens next week at Manhattan's Panoras Gallery, and is likely to be a smashing success.

The pictures relate to no particular school or fashion, carry no message. They are not meant to stun, dazzle, or instruct the...

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