Terrence Rogers, a gallery owner who championed contemporary representational painting, died at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center Friday, June 17th, from complications after suffering a stroke. He was 52.

Rogers opened Tatistcheff-Rogers in 1987 in conjunction with the Tatistcheff Gallery in New York, where he had worked since 1980.

In 1997, he suffered kidney failure, but regained health and reopened Terrence Rogers Fine Art in 1999. He continued to work, write and advise until just before his passing.

Rogers was a proponent of varieties of painting lying outside current trends and critical fashion. He focused on contemporary, observation-based painting and drawing rooted in American esthetic traditions that date back to the Hudson River School.

He was a founding member of the Santa Monica/Venice Art Dealer’s Association, and was instrumental in launching the first Los Angeles International, which brought foreign artists and galleries into Los Angeles venues.

A native of northern California, Rogers studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, and the School of Visual Art in New York City.

He is survived by his partner of 28 years, Terry Martin, and his mother, Naomi Rogers, both of Santa Monica; his sisters Shirley Walker of Santa Ynez, and Judy Jacoboni of Dayton, Nevada; and his brothers Richard of Amity, Oregon, and Ron of Concord, California.

A memorial service is scheduled Saturday, June 25th, at 2:30 p.m., at the Agape International Spiritual Center, 5700 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to such organizations as AIDS Project Los Angeles, Venice Family Clinic, Agape International Spiritual Center, arts education organizations, KUSC, KCET, The Los Angeles Conservancy, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, or the American Red Cross.