|About the artist |
Gao Gao* (used name Johnson, K. Gao, or, Kuixiong Gao), a US citizen born in May 3, 1937, Shanghai, China, is a multi-talented man. He is an artist as well as a scientist. In his childhood Gao Gao published his drawing “A Lonely Hut” in a kid’s journal, when he was thirteen years old. That art piece was the first publication among all his publications, including over 40 scientific research articles and six books. His high education and career development made him a cell biologist, and also a micro-photographer. He has had many contributions in sciences, but he had never stopped painting all the time.
Gao Gao started to paint while he was a small child followed a Chinese album: “A Collection of Famous Art Pieces from Ancient time till today”. When he attended the middle school, he learnt the basic painting skill from his art teacher Mr. Zhang Bui-Lu, who was specialized in oil painting. In the late 1950s when he was at the Nanjing University, Gao Gao became a student of Prof. Li Jian-Cheng**, a top artist with nationwide reputation in watercolor paintings and the author of the book: “Skills in Watercolor Paintings”. At the same period of time, he also studied other drawing techniques through a book: “Drawing with Pen and Ink Brush”. And he published his arts, chiefly birds and animals, as illustrations for a biological book. He also learnt the skill of how to paint swimming shrimps vividly using Chinese ink and brush. That was a kind of fast drawing over the rice paper, a style created by the great master Qi Bei-Shi. One of Gao Gao’s ink-brush paintings of swimming shrimp was published at the Phoenix journal of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in the fall issue of 1990, and others were collected by some impotent persons, including the formal US vice-president Al Gore.
Gao Gao’s first oil painting was a portrait of his college classmate, Mr. William Fang, in 1960. Mr. William Fang is now a recognized artist in Toronto, Canada. His color-ink brush paintings with random lines on rice papers had been shown several times in Canada and in China. Gao Gao developed his oil painting style by absorbing essence from great art pieces of all ages hung in famous palaces and museums. The global trips, including six times to visit Europe, such that Palaces of Louver, Versailles, Fountain Blue, and others in Vienna, Madrid, also, Venice, Rome, and various castles in England, Scotland, Germany and Belgium, had broadened his view and increased his ability in arts appreciation. Besides, he also visited Hawaii, Caribbean islands, the Great Wall, Innsbruck, Geneva, Prague, Buda Pest, and the castle of fantasy – Neuschwanstein in German, as well as the Forbidden City in China. All of those helped him tremendously in his own artistic creation. His serial paintings entitled “Seas of the World” were based on those travel experiences. Basically, Gao Gao’s paintings belong to the realistic style, but mingled with some imagination, such that the “Sunset at Monterey Bay” and “Kiss in the Moon” etc. that he had jointly painted with his son Raymond Gao.
As for scientific activities, when he was an experimental embryologist, by grafting a third eye on the back of a tadpole at its early stage of development, he created many three-eyed animals in 1960. As a microscopist and micrographic photographer, he invented the silanated water-soluble amino plastic for electron microscopy to preserve lipids, and he produced, likely, the world’s first-colored electron microphotograph in 1989, which can show 70 Å lipoprotein molecules at a magnification at x100,000 (refer to http://photos.yahoo.com/jkxgao). At such a magnification, a rapeseed can be enlarged as big as a stadium. He also invented a unique polyethylene glycol section and PEG section transferring method. His PEG section method was a breakthrough against the century-old paraffin section method. Thus, he became the editor of the book: “Polyethylene Glycol as an Embedment for Microscopy and Histochemistry” (edited by Kuixiong Gao and published by CRC Press in 1993). PEG section method improves the quality of immuno-histochemistry, and it is better for the environmental protection, since toxic solvents that have to be used in paraffin section method could now been avoided in his procedures. When he was a biochemist, he established a gas liquid chromatographic method that can detect prostagrandings at sub nanogram (one millionth of a gram) level. That method was published in 1979 and was used for a research project to study the mechanism of an herbal medicine. He invented the solid-core liposome for drug delivery in 1985, what had been patented by the University of Tennessee. During late 1980s and early 1990s he had contributed something special in neuroscience and diabetes research. He had developed an epipolarization microscopy and immunogold silver staining method for detection of enzymes in liver cells. His artistic training had helped him a lot in computerized image processing of his research data. One of his microphotographs had won the Sigma Chemical Company’s immunohistochemistry photo contest in 1996. And other color photo was selected as a cover of MSA journal.
During the past six years, he was attracted by a difficult problem in economy, i.e. if the stock price is predictable? After painstaking research he finally invented the Gao’s Equation (alternatively known as the Midas Equation) in 2000, i.e. $n+x = n$d + $x + n$v ($n+x denotes the stock under prediction at the time unit x, which could be the next week, or, the next day, or, even the next hour, etc. That equation is based on the dynamic balance theory of moving average that he had proposed. (People who are interested in that equation may refer to his unique booklet: “Prediction of Stock with Gao’s Equation”, or, open one of his web site http://geocities.com/jkxgao/MidasEquation.html, or, write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org). The cover of that book was designed by himself personally and used his oil painting “Kiss in the Moon”. That equation had been evaluated by himself to be the most important contribution by him at the turning of the century. Gao’s Equation, although it looks as simple as the Einstein’s energy equation E = MC2 in Physics, could become a very powerful tool in investment business. It may have already spelled out the words “Sesame, open the gate!” as in the story of Arabic Nights.
Finally, let us go back to the arts. Normally, Gao Gao does not sale his art pieces. He enjoyed his production by himself and his family. Sometimes he had sent his paintings to his intimate friends as noble gifts in certain occasions. Collectors of his original arts or reproductions (Monterey Bay, a limited edition of 275 lithography, oil on canvas jointly painted with his son Raymond Gao in 1999) include, professors, businessmen, CEOs, the president of MSA, the First Lady of California, and the President of Beijing University, etc. Now, giclee-printing technique and the web net brings him a chance to share his beautiful arts with a larger art-loving population. He would like to express thanks to the GPN, especially for their outstanding effort and diligent work in introducing many high standard artists and their quality paintings to the public on the net.
* The artist’s name Gao Gao was in the beginning a miss-spelling of Prof. Johnson K. Gao by the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, when he was a visiting professor of Cell Biology at that university in the Spring of 2002. That name is still active in the Catholic University of Leuven’s official record. Well, he felt that Gao Gao sounds quite suitable for him to be used as an artist-name, that is easy to remember. Besides, that name can distinguish him from his used name Kuixiong Gao in his scientific endeavor. Sometimes, that name also indicates that Johnson K. Gao owns copyrights of paintings jointly painted by him and his sons, Alvin W. Gao, and/or, Raymond F. Gao.
**Prof. Li Jian-cheng, one of Gao Gao’s art teacher that had great inference upon him, was the author of the book: “ Skills in Watercolor Paintings”. That book was published in Chinese half century ago. Prof. Li was 100 years of age in 2001 and he published a new thick album of his collected works at that year.