The Summary for "Pass It On, Art HIStory"

Secrets from the past, revelations of the future

"Perhaps one day, after my art has opened everybody's eyes, some enthusiastic soul will rescue me from the gutter." - Paul Gauguin, letters from Brittany & the South Seas

 Gauguin's Hidden Faces   A Gauguin in Kitsap?
  Gauguin Sketch Research   Patriot Newspaper Articles
  A Reincarnation of Gauguin?   Summer Vacation 2005
  Authentication   2006 Slideshow "Gauguin's Artistic Fingerprint"

Whatever your belief (or non-belief) regarding life after death, and whichever term you apply: reincarnation, life after life, everlasting life, "Pass It On" is a story of two artists from two different centuries with striking parallels, amazing coincidences, and humorous ironies linking them together. The story has all the attributes of a great fiction classic, but it's a true story and even the authors can't claim creative rights over it. Technically, history already wrote this story, the authors are simply passing it on.

Along with the series of parallels linking the two artists together after more than 100 years, Peter Teekamp claims to have come face to face with evidence that gives him an understanding into Gauguin's art that no one has ever written about. The evidence stems from a series of coincidences that also led Peter to a discovery within Gauguin's artworks. 

The Dutch artist, Teekamp, believes he is that "enthusiastic soul" Gauguin refers to. Teekamp claims a unique insight into the mysterious world and hidden meanings of the art and life of the famous and controversial French artist.

Teekamp believes Gauguin was misunderstood and remained an enigma throughout his life and even in death. Gauguin continues to be a mystery as books with various views on his art continue to be published. There are more than 160 titles written about him, but his philosophies and art are being interpreted and presented by Teekamp in a way never before considered.

A lifetime of recurring themes of coincidence connecting him to Gauguin, from the simple occurrence of a book falling open to pages about the artist (not just once, but too many times to write off as mere coincidence), to strangers walking up to him and announcing his connection to Gauguin, there was one final event that caused Teekamp to study the French artist in a way no one ever had. The serious study began years into Teekamp's own art career when he was actually accused of being the spirit of Paul Gauguin reincarnated. This was a claim he was not sure he wished to believe but even more difficult for him to ignore.

For numerous reasons this caused Teekamp great distress. At that time the little knowledge he had of Gauguin was not necessarily positive. In fact, Gauguin was regarded with contempt by some for leaving his wife and family behind in search of his artists' paradise of primitive man and unspoiled nature. (This is certainly not the only version. It is said that Mette Gauguin fully supported her husband and understood his need to explore a different environment to fulfill his creative passions. It was Gauguin's hope to be successful, it was Mrs. Gauguin's hope and intention to promote and sell the works he sent home.)

Now, with a bombardment of coincidence, Teekamp was no longer able to pass off this mystery as simple irony. He had to find out what the connections and parallels to Gauguin were telling him. He knew there was something there that needed further study. He began to look closer at Gauguin's life and art and found some amazing parallels and a startling discovery.

The discovery refers to a hidden secret within the artworks of Paul Gauguin that has not been exposed in more than 100 years. A secret clearly revealed to Peter Teekamp and found in his own artworks years before the parallels were ever researched.  This is just one of the pieces to a puzzle, more events concerning the clues that led to Peter's discovery fall into place years after this information was assembled.

Comparing the two artists

Paul Gauguin

Peter Teekamp

(1)  Boarding schools - Gauguin spent his early life away from home in boarding schools. (1)  Boarding schools - Teekamp spent his early life away from home in boarding schools.
(2)  Spirituality - Gauguin put on canvas his visionary effects.  (2)  Spirituality - Teekamp puts on canvas his visionary effects. 
(3)  Brush stroke style - Gauguin was known for his use of short brush strokes and brilliant flat colors. (3)  Brush stroke style - Teekamp is known for his use of short brush strokes and brilliant flat colors.
(4)  World traveler - Gauguin traveled and immigrated extensively to foreign lands. (4)  World traveler - Teekamp has traveled and immigrated extensively to foreign lands.
(5)  Lived in St. Cloud - Gauguin moved to St. Cloud, France where he began to paint seriously. (5)  Lived in St. Cloud - Teekamp moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota where he began to paint seriously.
(6)  Hidden signature - Gauguin would hide his signature in his artworks. (6)  Hidden signature - Teekamp hides his signature in his artworks.
(7)  Successful businessman - Gauguin was successful in his business ventures. (7)  Successful businessman - Teekamp is successful in his business ventures.
(8)  Eventually became a full-time artist - After a period of duality as a businessman and an artist, Gauguin eventually made a break to total dedication as an artist. .(8)  Eventually became a full-time artist - After a period of duality as a businessman and an artist, Teekamp eventually made a break to total dedication as an artist.
(9)  Portrait style - Gauguin painted portraits not just with the physical likeness, but with the dream of the subject in mind as in "Portrait of Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers in Arles." (9)  Portrait style - Teekamp paints portraits not just with the physical likeness, but with the dream of the subject in mind as in "Portrait of Angela Teekamp," (also known as "My Lady").
(10)  Construction style - Gauguin used linear construction in his artwork, leading to a central point. (10)  Construction style
Teekamp uses linear construction in his art work, leading to a central point.
(11)  Line style - Gauguin used sharp lines in the nose structure of most of his self portraits and some of his hidden profile images. (11)  Line style - Teekamp uses sharp lines in the nose structure of most of his self portraits and some of his hidden profile images.
(12)  Affinity for native culture - Gauguin felt a strong connection with the Indian Spirit. (12)  Affinity for native culture - Teekamp feels a strong connection with the Indian Spirit.
(13)  Visionary - Gauguin was considered to be "ahead of his time." (13)  Visionary - Teekamp is considered to be "ahead of his time."
(14)  Art education - Gaugin did not receive a higher education in the field of art. (14)  Art education - Teekamp did not receive a higher education in the field of art.

 

Gauguin claimed an understanding of his past lives and believed in reincarnation. Teekamp's near-fatal birth and first-life memory of a near-death drowning are facts that he suggests made him keenly aware at an early age that we are Spirits first. Teekamp's belief in reincarnation, or life after life, also caused him to study and delve into past life regression therapy. This research brought even more information to the surface about Gauguin, a man that some called the "Father of Modern Art".

Gauguin often reflected on a close connection with the "Indian in himself" as he put it. In the artworks of Teekamp, the Indian Spirit has always been a theme that intensely interested him for reasons he was never able to explain. Numerous paintings with the subject of the Indian Spirit fill his walls.

In the artworks of Teekamp as far back as 1969, a unique 'signature' was placed in his work and he enjoyed its discovery by friends. In the artworks of Gauguin, he hid the identical 'signature' and letters quoting Gauguin himself point to their ultimate discovery. This discovery has little mention in all the titles written. Teekamp believes he was meant to share that aspect of the late artist's work and give him the closer look Gauguin always felt his work deserved.

In 1997, after keeping the information private for nearly twenty years, Teekamp decided he should share what he called the 'good news' about Paul Gauguin. He and his partner, co-author Michelle Moshay, prepared the first manuscript in January of 1998. That month, coincidentally again, a luxury cruise liner was launched and christened the M/S Paul Gauguin and set sail to Gauguin's beloved Tahiti and the South Seas where the artist lived and died. The final chapter of "Pass It On" was to be a return to Tahiti and the sudden emergence of Gauguin's namesake ship seemed meant-to-be for Teekamp's announcement. The pair began working on a lecture and slide presentation outlining the hidden secrets and philosophies within Gauguin's art, wanting to share it aboard the M/S Paul Gauguin, meanwhile seeking a publisher for the manuscript.

"For the majority, I shall always remain an enigma, I realize people will understand me less and less ... No matter what happens, I assure you that I shall achieve things of the first order. I can feel it and we shall see,"  Paul Gauguin, Letters from Brittany and the South Seas.

The information and samples of Gauguin's work, the list of parallels and coincidences within "Pass It On, Art HIStory" give a new recognition to what Teekamp and Moshay feel was a misunderstood artist with a secret message. The message is one of hope, enlightenment and inspiration for every living soul to study the clues around them and discover their own true destiny. It's information that will rewrite the history books concerning the art and life of Paul Gauguin and finally, 100 years later, give him the recognition and fame he strongly believed would be his.

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"Where have we come from? What are we? Where are we going?" - Paul Gauguin

 

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