Agora Artist to Donate All Proceeds to Pulse Nightclub Attack Victims

It has been nearly 3 weeks since the horrific events at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando took place. In the aftermath of the shooting, friends, family members and sympathisers held memorials and showed their support for the victims and the entire LGBT community. In the wake of this terrible tragedy, artists are also showing their love and support. Two days ago, Agora Artist Irina Goryunova completed a painting entitled “28°31’10.5″N 81°22’36.5″W,” which are the geographical coordinates of Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL. Irina would like to dedicate this painting to the victims of this tragedy, and all of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to the victims’ families.

    If you’re interested in purchasing this artwork, please contact Agora Gallery directly.

Irina Goryunova

Irina Goryunova

Irina is originally from Moscow, Russia and worked in finance and business before dedicating her career to art. Seeing how much people depended on money for happiness made her sad, and she wanted to leave something on this world that was more than just her signature on a document, something she created with her hands. This is what drew her to art. A self-taught painter, Irina creates one-of-a-kind works straight from the heart. She strives to display her knowledge and experiences in life in her works, inspiring emotions and questions in her viewers, hoping that they will have a desire to learn more about what it is she is depicting.

When Art Meets the Street: Inspiration from the Montreal MURAL Festival

MURAL Festival on Boulevard Saint Laurent in Montreal

MURAL Festival on Boulevard Saint Laurent in Montreal

For 10 days each summer, the Canadian city of Montreal becomes a mecca for street artists and public art enthusiasts as one of the main thoroughfares in the city, Boulevard Saint Laurent, is transformed into a festival of epic proportions. Montreal’s MURAL Festival took place from June 9-19 this year. Throughout the week, 29 artists in total from all over the world created beautiful murals, participated in exhibitions, and displayed installations on the famous boulevard. Visitors to the festival had the opportunity to witness artists making murals in real time, attend musical events and seminars, enjoy a variety of outdoor exhibitions and installations, plus indulge in the glory that is Canadian gastronomy, aka poutine, on every corner.

“We are the merging point of creative spirits. We are the festive and innovative soul of a city burning with artistry. MURAL opens a portal to new artistic dimensions and unites the community around an authentic vision.” – Montreal MURAL Festival Mission

Haley in front of a mural by ASTRO, 2015

Haley in front of a mural by ASTRO from MURAL Festival 2015 in Montreal

Haley Carloni, one of our gallery assistants, got to experience the festival firsthand. Read on to see her impressions of the festival and how some of our Agora artists are contributing to the wonderful world of street and public art!

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Exploring the Social Persona: The Figurative Portraiture of Fanny Horowitz

Fanny Horowitz‘s figurative paintings focus on the social persona that women take on in their every day lives. Using technical skills and a love of color, Fanny creates intimate and mysterious worlds in which the viewer can take part.

Leaving the context for her subjects vague, Fanny invites us all to interpret each piece in our own way. While one person might see a woman checking herself out in a mirror, another person may see someone with insecurities, making sure that her makeup or clothes are perfectly in place. “For me, painting is setting out on an adventure. I choose to paint simple and unassuming motifs from the world around me,” says the artist.

Fanny Horowitz in her studio

Fanny Horowitz in her studio

Fanny draws inspiration from the Impressionist movement and the intense colors of Fauvism. Her works are drenched with color, with subtle but firm depictions of light and shadow. She uses vivid oil colors and mixes endless shades and sub-shades for each piece. These methods generate a sense of mystery, prompting the viewer’s imagination to form a unique, individual experience.

Those moments of grace that she creates are an escape from a noisy, outside world to a place that is tranquil, allowing the viewer to dive into the depths until they lose their sense of external time and place, entering and observing inner emotional worlds and landscapes, and searching for a lock that opens a door to spiritual sustenance.

We had the chance to sit down with Fanny and discuss her work and process, and we were far from disappointed. Read on to learn more about this fascinating artist!

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Brexit and the Art World: Art News Roundup

There’s always something going on in the art world. Every Sunday, Agora starts the new week by looking back at what happened the week before. Here are our top art news stories from June 19th – June 25th, 2016.


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This past week, Great Britain voted to leave the European Union. Read on about how this decision will affect the global art market, learn more about Christo’s ‘Floating Piers’ closing for maintenance, and take a look at a $91M model of Noah’s Ark.

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Art for Photography Lovers: New to ARTmine

“In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” – Alfred Stieglitz

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Fine art photography is different from rivaling art forms in terms of the fact that unlike other mediums, which have been practiced and developed since the beginning of human time, it’s a very recent new art development.  Every two minutes, the amount of photos taken around the world is the same as the amount of photos produced during the entire 19th century. Introducing photography as a new medium transcended the art world and brought countless new possibilities and new criteria to classify and critique artwork. Throughout the past century, photography has been developed and expanded to incorporate the elements it has today. Each of these Agora Gallery artists goes beyond photography’s boundaries, exploring the medium and breaking tradition.

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The Language of Color: Art Through the Eyes of Chris Brandell

Using her personal experiences and a social perspective, artist Chris Brandell seeks to “interpret the complexity of the human dynamic” while also expressing her passion for color. Hue, intensity, texture, and composition are all crucial to her artistic practice that she uses to invoke emotion in her audience. From a young age, Chris experienced color differently from those around her. “It’s safe to say that my color awareness is similar to my other senses – it’s tangible. I feel I can literally communicate an experience through color in a way that I cannot through words.” Her technique involves a lot of movement and little use of brushes, favoring the affects of large knives and trowels instead.

Chris Brandell

Chris Brandell in her studio

Chris has been working in the business world for many years and is also a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is housed in several private collections. After climbing the corporate ladder in a male-dominated industry and becoming a partner in her own company, Chris is ready to take on the art world and pursue art as a career.

We had the chance to talk with Chris about her art, her practice, and how her artistic self is affected by the other aspects of her life. Read on to learn more!

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Recognizing the First Artist’s Union in England: Art News Roundup

There’s always something going on in the art world. Every Sunday, Agora starts the new week by looking back at what happened the week before. Here are our top art news stories from June 12th – June 18th, 2016.

Source: artnews

Source: artnews

This week saw the recognition of artists around the world with the start of the artist residency in the Norwegian town of Longyearbyen and the first artist’s union in England!

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Sergey Kir: Conceptivism and the Art of Technology


No, this isn’t an art history term you don’t know. This is something entirely new.

Conceptivism is a new style of art that was coined by artist Sergey Kir. The style utilizes several different ideas and techniques taken from art history and recent technological advancements and creates a bridge between the old and the new. Incorporating computer digital design techniques, features of financial modeling, and a love for vivid color and art history, Conceptivism is the realization that contemporary art is changing.

Here, Sergey gives us insight into this monumental new art form.

Sergey Kir, "Dream of Las Vegas 2," Digital Print on Canvas, 28" x 40"

Sergey Kir, “Dream of Las Vegas 2,” Digital Print on Canvas, 28″ x 40″

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From CEO to Artist: The Emotional Journey of Kelley Millet

A Manhattan CEO-turned-artist is not something you hear about very often, but that is the story of Kelley Millet. After working in the business community for over 30 years, Millet discovered his passion for art as a way to express himself and the emotions he has held onto throughout his life, such as anger, joy, regret, passion, denial, and hope. His contrasting techniques stem from this variety of emotions, inspiring him to create in a wide range of styles and mediums. Millet uses his art to show the world that he is more than just a suit, but a man with emotions, a husband, a father, a musician, and an artist. He proves that what you do does not define who you are, something that many people can relate to.

Millet graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts with a degree in Economics, though he often found himself at art museums and taking frequent trips to NYC to visit the Met, MoMA, and different art galleries. Difficult family obstacles in his youth, such as the early death of his mother, not only brought him closer to his two older brothers, with whom he remains close to this day but also helped fuel the emotions that inspire him to create.

"Explode" by Kelley Millet

“Explode,” Acrylic on Canvas, 32″ x 32″

Beyond his art career, Millet is on the Board of Directors for the New York Red Cross and is a Co-Chair for the Grace Outreach Program, which works to get women out of the South Bronx and get their GED to prepare them for work or college. These experiences humble and inspire him to pursue his art and create beautiful, abstract pieces.

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Fire Erupts Outside The Louvre: Art News Roundup

There’s always something going on in the art world. Every Sunday, Agora starts the new week by looking back at what happened the week before. Here are our top art news stories from June 5th – June 11th, 2016.

Source: artnetnews

Source: artnetnews

This week we saw a fire erupt outside The Louvre, a 14,000-year-old Spanish cave drawing was discovered, and Banksy surprised a group of school students.

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