Reception Review: July 10, 2014


This Thursday night at Agora Gallery, our artists demonstrated not only a staunch dedication to their craft, but also their very human desire to share the experience of their work with others. “It’s inspiring for us to see you stand with your artwork. While we are all facing obstacles every day, we know that the joy of creation is more important to us than struggle of life,” said director Angela di Bello to the artists of our new exhibitions, the French Perspective: Contemporary Art from France, Cadences of Color, and Sensorial Sensibilities. I had the chance to speak with a few of the artists about their inspiration, their process, and their challenges.

Cathy Garceran (left) and Nancy Stella Galianos (right) discuss Cathy's works with an admirer.

Cathy Garceran (left) and Nancy Stella Galianos (right) discuss Cathy’s works with an admirer.

It was an extremely moving night for French artist Cathy Garceran, who has unveiled a unique abstract series for this exhibition. In fact, it is Cathy’s first venture into abstraction. The artist sold her first painting when she was 16 years old, and continued to enjoy success in her adult career painting marina scenes in the south of France. Recently, Cathy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and she has since lost the ability to paint with her dominant right hand. In the series of thirteen paintings featured here at Agora, Cathy used her unpracticed left hand to first lay a base over her canvas, and then to sling acrylic across the surface. “I apply the background as if painting a landscape,” she explained, “and after that I apply my energy. This is the point where my painting becomes abstract.” The practice of art helps Ms. Garceran to channel her frustration, but she also hopes the pieces will be a paragon of adaptation to other Parkinson’s patients, to relieve anxiety by harmonizing one’s lifestyle with the reality of their struggles. “I hope to be a representative for the disease,” Cathy says, “and to give hope.”

Jesse Ensling discusses Abstract Marble.

Jesse Ensling discusses Abstract Marble.

Sculptor and painter Jesse Ensling is exhibiting a new series of abstract, marble sculptures at Agora. While speaking with the artist, I took a closer look at the piece Entwined. I saw bulbous bodies swell and expand like strange petals opening from a hidden bud. Ensling distinguishes the bodies by texture, leaving some smooth, others rough and incised with labyrinthine patterns. The artist began working this form from the top of the marble downwards, letting “the movement of the stone dictate the line, form, and volume.” Ensling commonly experiments with the space enveloping his statues. While Entwined is a gorgeous example of the internal manipulation of material, Abstract Marble—which Jesse calls his “happy piece”—explores the dynamics of positive and negative space. The artist is currently developing a series that integrates seashells into his marble. The works are small and have a very intimate spirit.

Nancy Stella Galianos poses with Autumn Bliss.

Nancy Stella Galianos poses with Autumn Bliss.

It was Nancy Stella Galianos’s second exhibition at Agora. Like Jesse Ensling, this painter strives to manipulate the physical materials that she has at hand. Nancy indicated her use of bubble wrap and wire mesh to create an impression in her paint. “You work with what is available to you,” she told me frankly. There is a great variety of texture in the paint, with bands of color that seem to twist in three dimensions around one another. “I am passionate about color” she continued, “but I am inspired by music.”

Joe Abou Jawdeh's three striking pieces are on display now.

Joe Abou Jawdeh’s three striking pieces are on display now.

Lebanese artist Joe Abou Jawdeh has been painting as an expression of “political theory” for over fifteen years. “I grew up in a war zone, and this gave me an extreme desire for expression. I survived a bomb explosion, and perhaps this gives me the energy to create my work.” Joe does not make any preparatory sketches, and such final details as a line of text or an emblazoned cross come after he has “read the characters of the piece, to fully capture my view.” In Conflict of Belonging, a woman’s profile is visible behind white bands, which could resemble either arms or prison bars. “My hope,” he said in response to my observation, “is that I will speak for the women of Lebanon whose voices will not be heard.”


As always, it was a pleasure to socialize with the talented and prudent artists we represent at Agora Gallery. The current exhibitions, French Perspective: Contemporary Art from France, Cadences of Color, and Sensorial Sensibilities each offer a rich repository of very diverse artwork. We invite you to come explore the collection yourself. All of these artists and more have their artwork for sale on Keep yourself updated with the happenings at the gallery by subscribing to our blog, and joining our mailing list.

7 Tips for Turning Tourism Into an Art Marketing Opportunity

At Agora Gallery, we’re used to seeing artists on vacation – in our case, visiting NYC! We know that while the artists themselves are taking a break, they never really leave their work behind them. Even if there’s no chance to engage directly in their creative process during their vacation, they’ll be visiting art galleries or museums, taking photographs and making notes that will all feed into their art once they’re back home. It’s part of the way many artists enjoy themselves while they’re on vacation – it enriches and gives a little structure to their time away.

Brenda Ness-Cooper, Ready for Summer

Brenda Ness-Cooper, Ready for Summer

What many artists don’t realize, however, is that vacation time – either theirs or other people’s – can be good opportunities for building contacts who might be useful later on. As we’ve mentioned before on this blog, it’s not always about active marketing – taking advantage of an opportunity when it arises is just as important! Here are 7 tips to help you make the most of this time of year, when so many people are on vacation.

1) If you’re in a new place, and want to explore the art scene there, go ahead and enjoy it – and don’t forget to bear your own career in mind while you’re at it! Check out the differences between this place and where you live, consider whether your art could be appropriate here, talk to local artists, dealers or gallery owners and see if there’s anything you can learn from the way things are done.

Steven R. Hill, Sultry Summer Day Richmond

Steven R. Hill, Sultry Summer Day Richmond

2) Keep an eye out for local events. Is there an art fair being advertised for next week? An art auction announced on posters around the town? Pay attention and pick up on these things – you never know, they might be of interest!

3) If you’re on vacation, it’s likely you’ll end up engaged in conversation with both locals and other tourists at various points in your time away. You don’t want to be pushy with personal advertising, of course, but there might well be times when the conversation naturally comes around to what you do. Don’t be off-putting – encourage their interest and chat about your work.

4) Carry business cards, ideally with your website address. Yes, you’re away from the studio, yes, you’re not working. But there’s no harm in carrying a few business cards around with you! And that way, if someone does express interest, you have an easy way of encouraging them to follow up later.

Iryna Brown, End of Summer

Iryna Brown, End of Summer

5) Maybe you’re at home, but there are tourists around for the summer? Don’t groan every time you see them – welcome them as part of the scenery. If they disturb you while you’re working out of doors, don’t snap at them – start up a conversation about your work. Invite them to look more closely or even visit your studio. You never know where your next client might come from.

6) If you are at home, and you know in advance that it’s likely that tourists will be arriving soon, consider how this might play into your ideas for promoting your work. If the visitors are enjoying the local sights, they might well be open to purchasing art which reminds them of their vacation. Think about where you could display work to take advantage of this.

Patricia Brintle, My Summer Garden

Patricia Brintle, My Summer Garden

7) Be prepared for conversations with interested strangers. Pinpoint the factors that make your art special. Whether you’re at home or away, be clear in your own mind about the things that inspire you and the way that you work.

Don’t let these considerations intrude on your vacation, and don’t allow them to make you stressed instead of relaxed in the hot weather. But if you think about these things beforehand and take them seriously, you’ll be prepared to make the most of any opportunity that is offered – and you never know where that will take you!

Art News Round-Up

Art news from around the world:

Why American artists should get rights on resales of their work (though they probably won’t, at least not yet).

We were wondering what the new mayor would mean for arts in NYC. Well – to start with, $23 million towards arts education in 2015.

Art worth millions found in Brazilian shipping container – and it looks likely to join the national art collection.

What’s it like for a docent of Walker’s sugar sculpture installation who used to work in that old sugar factory?

With arts spending cuts, concerns grow that London’s cultural excellence comes at the expense of the rest of the UK.

Saudi Arabia is increasingly encouraging art to be public -and there are hopes that this will engage and involve women.

Visitors to the Sistine Chapel could nearly triple with new climate control. But the size of the space won’t have changed…

Popular stories from the week:

‘The Artist’s Way’ – the impulse to create, and how to encourage it (without getting in the way!).

It’s still an electrical tower – but now it’s also a stained glass lighthouse!

Watch as an apparently random collection of objects comes together to form an image – from the right angle.

Intricate, delicate, almost magical – interconnected hand-cut paper sculptures, based on the body’s smallest forms.

Exhibition: French Perspective; Sensorial Sensibilities; Cadences of Color

If you’re looking for something to inspire you and give you a fresh burst of energy and interest in your week, Agora Gallery has some excellent exhibitions coming your way. Color, form and passion all play their part in this memorable set of shows. The exhibits open on July 5, 2014 and continue until July 25, 2014, with an opening reception on the evening of Thursday, July 10, 2014. Entrance is free and all art lovers are encouraged to attend and enjoy!

Catherine Garceran, Eclosion de l'Espoir

Catherine Garceran, Eclosion de l’Espoir

The French Perspective: Contemporary Art from France presents the beautiful and soulful work of talented artists. Informed by their cultural heritage and experiences, these artists also ensure that their creations are easy to relate to and engage with, whatever the background of the viewer. There is an appealing delicacy of both form and intent that characterizes this show, with each line placed precisely where it can have the greatest effect and every hue balanced carefully to contribute to the piece as a whole.

Nancy Stella Galianos, Adagio

Nancy Stella Galianos, Adagio

In Cadences of Color, the audience is introduced to art which explores and reflects the observations of its creators, yet also includes the emotional reactions and creative responses of the artists. The result is the world we know, but seen through visionary eyes; the point of view of those who see life in terms of its potential and its deeper levels of meaning is here given physical form and shared with us, encouraging us to refresh our own perspective likewise.

Koki Morimoto, With Respect to Area 3

Koki Morimoto, With Respect to Area 3

Abstract art is often notable for its internal sense of rhythm, and this is certainly true in Sensorial Sensibilities, where artists delight in investigating the full potential of their chosen medium and bringing the excitement of their originality to create works of art which celebrate the power of color and shape. In addition, these pieces speak to everything that is most fascinating about the way that we ourselves perceive what is around us – and the viewer is invited to explore these images for the echoes that lie within of things seen, heard about, or understood.

Exhibition dates: July 5, 2014 – July 25, 2014
Reception: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Featured artists:
The French Perspective: Contemporary Art from France: Laurent Bardou, lecristal, Micheline Belin, Roni Fées, Catherine Garceran, Bénédicte Jarosz, Claire Jubault, Young Ran Jung, Véronique Pagès, Patricia Proust-Labeyrie, Gerard Renvez, Véronique Vallet
Cadences of Color: Yozo Abe, Joe Abou Jawdeh, J.M. Baker, Nancy Stella Galianos, Wolfgang Hock, Carlos Maneiro, Justo Osuna, PAYAMI, Eva Quesada, Tom Stella, Gordana Tomic
Sensorial Sensibilities: Ruggiero Bignardi, Stefano Ceretti, Tasos Dimos, Jesse Ensling, Adam Kiger, Tanya Kostina, Charlotte Lisboa, Koki Morimoto, Raymie Rushing, Cheli Sanabria

Art news round-up

Art news from around the world:

Jeff Koons: reasons to love him, reasons to hate him.

Contemporary Scottish art: obsessed with music, young at heart, and avant-garde.

Nonprofit arts booster to fund expanded arts coverage. Well, that’s one way to approach generally decreasing coverage.

The Young Art biennial in Russia discusses controversial issues (though it doesn’t include any Ukrainian artists).

British Royal Collection to undergo most ambitious condition survey ever carried out on a major group of paintings.

Popular stories from the week:

There are more museums in the U.S. than there are McDonalds and Starbucks combined.

The artist who put a pool in the middle of the Californian desert – and won’t give directions.

A new way to take photographs – with flying cameras.

Parting (with a painting) is such sweet sorrow. It’s a cartoon, but it’s so true!

I love shadow art – the sculptures that only cast their image when lit from a particular angle.

Away from the Studio this Summer? Make the Most of the Opportunity.

It’s officially summer, and that means that the summer vacation is approaching. Schoolchildren all over the country are delighted, but their relations aren’t always as thrilled – and at Agora Gallery we know that for artists, if they’re affected by this, it can mean precious time away from the studio. Even an artist going on a vacation they’re looking forward to sometimes finds that being away from their usual creative tools and routine means they don’t engage in creating art – and this can be frustrating.

Donna Shaffer, Sumer Time

Donna Shaffer, Sumer Time

What looks like a limitation, though, is really an opportunity. To start with, being away from home or being at home but with an enforced change in your routine and activities can be stimulating. You may see things with fresh eyes – and even if you can’t begin to work on those ideas at once, you can capture and develop them in photos, sketches or notes. Carry a camera and sketchbook or notepad with you – you might be surprised what you pick up!

In addition, you’ll be surrounded by things that can become part of your creative process. Often, these things are not the kind of items you would look for in an art supplies store – they may be totally banal objects you see and overlook every day. But anything can turn into art!

Brenda Ness-Cooper, Ready for Summer

Brenda Ness-Cooper, Ready for Summer

Are you on a beach vacation? Then the sand has potential, as sculpture and as a canvas. Explore that tactile medium and see what it can do for you – and don’t forget to take photos! You might be surprised by what you discover… Or, on the other hand, if you’re somewhere cold and enjoying the snow, then don’t forget that it can be a sculpting tool as well as something to ski down!

Are you out in the countryside, surrounded by grasses and straw? Well, that’s a potential source of inspiration as well. See what you can come up with! Do you have children who love to draw but leave pencil shavings everywhere afterwards? Don’t just throw them away…

Carol Brooks Parker, Newly Mown Hay Field at Sunrise

Carol Brooks Parker, Newly Mown Hay Field at Sunrise

One of the advantages of using anything that happens to be around is that it can be fun for the people you are traveling with as well – let them join in, if they’re interested. Whether they’re adults or children, everyone can enjoy playing with and seeing the potential of these everyday items. It will be a memory all of you love to look back on, and you never know – you might get some useful ideas from them, too.

As Cordell Taylor found when faced with bicycle parts and told to somehow create a sculpture, the challenge of having to work outside your ordinary comfort zone can be stimulating. The project itself can have its own fascination, and will keep your creative energies ticking while letting you avoid the frustration of not creating.

You might even find that you come back to your studio wanting to explore the new direction further, and make it part of your creative process. Be open to the possibilities – and make the most of the opportunities that the summer offers you.

Good luck!

Art news round-up

Art news from around the world:

The American Alliance of Museums blacklists the Delaware Art Museum for selling art to cover its debts – but it isn’t offering help or advice about what should have been done instead.

It turns out there’s a man hiding inside one of Picasso’s first masterpieces, ‘The Blue Room.’

Looking more deeply into the nature of art consulting – from a number of perspectives (which don’t always agree).

Nigeria is becoming the largest African economy – and its art market is growing to match.

Art and dance have always been close – and now choreography is moving into the museum context.

Previously unknown Gauguin highlights a period when the artist was painting still lifes in the hope of financial independence.

Popular stories from the week:

Think soccer is a modern craze? Think again – because here’s the art to prove the contrary.

Fascinating and moving – what it was like growing up as a child in the postwar art world.

Museum guards spend so long with the works on display. Here’s one guard on how her perspective changed over time.

The interactive exhibition that explores how color-blind people see art: differently, of course.

Inspiration for your week – a panoramic timelapse of the stars.

Eponine Saint Hillier: Painting on the Body

“I wanted to be working on the body, a living medium that has something to say”

Eponine Saint Hillier is one of Agora Gallery‘s represented artists – and her creative process is innovative, unusual and distinctly eye-catching. She paints the bodies of the models in her images, and photographs them against a background which she has also painted, with fascinating, and momentarily baffling, effects. Here she tells us more about her technique, her motivation, and how it feels to use the human body so directly in her work.

Eponine Saint Hillier

What drew you to the use of body painting in the first place?

First, I do not use the term ‘body painting’ for my pictures because I feel that this word has connotations which do not match up with what I want to do. I call my paintings “vivid” or “alive” painting on the body, because for me the result is the same as with a photograph – a vibrant depiction of life.
I think what drew me to this technique was a love of experimentation. I wanted to make pictures that were beautiful, a bit poetic and yet modern at the same time. More conceptual images appeared as well, as I developed. I am always experimenting – I test different methods, and if one does not work, I look elsewhere.[Tweet “Eponine Saint Hillier is always experimenting – “I test different methods, and if one does not work, I look elsewhere.” Sound familiar?”]
What I really liked about this form, right from the beginning, was that it made the viewer feel uncertain, and pause and look again to see if he was in front of a photo array or a picture painted from above… I try to flatten my characters and scenery to remove the 3D effect, which adds to the element of mystery.

Eponine Saint Hillier, Remember Your Birth

Eponine Saint Hillier, Remember Your Birth

How did the complex method you use to create your final pieces develop? Could you tell us about it?

The choice of the person who serves as a model is important. If they are not genuinely engaged in the process themselves, I know that the end result will be disappointing. Even if they are in the right state, though, it may take 50 pictures, or even more, before I hit upon the right shot.

The colors are also important for me. Blue is one of my favored hues – I like its poetic undertones and its essence of the sea. But I always choose my colors very carefully, deciding on them in advance. For example in the ‘Wild Candy’ series, I need colors that emphasized the physical, the fleshy, and pink candy childhood… Difficult to handle because of the lack of contrasts, but a stimulating challenge.

What is your favorite thing about painting the body as part of your work?

I think it is the fact that a person becomes a true work of art. Even more real than an oil painting, but painted so that this reality is no apparent representation of itself . The photo itself transforms reality since the subject is transformed by the environment in which it is located, the framing, the light, digital additions… So a picture is not the truth, but rather releases the intention of the author. I wanted to be working on the body, a living medium that has something to say and whose presence is essential to the achievement of a good picture. A painting that cannot be edited as you would on a canvas. It dries quickly and it must be completed quickly. It is an ephemeral moment.

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What other influences feed into your art?

I think really, everything – all the things that I observe in my daily life, great artists of all forms of art… My brain never stops thinking… I create 24/7 in my head… Even when I develop something in my mind that is not physically practical, it’s worth having done it! It’s all creative practice and development.

Eponine relaxing

What kinds of reactions do you get from viewers?

Very few people understand initially the enormous amount of technical and artistic effort that goes into each effort. At first, they simply find it pretty, and it appeals to their aesthetic sensibilities. Then I show them the video of the process and they begin to take in the full extent of the work, looking at it from a fresh perspective… This development in understanding means that I get extremely enthusiastic responses.

I love to see how amazed people are when they see what’s really going on! It’s a good lesson, really – don’t rely too much on your first impressions. And once they have taken the time to look properly, I will encourage them to see the small flaws I have left in intentionally, such as an area which is not painted. This draws them in further, letting them see the image both as a finished product and as a result of its creative process.

Eponine Saint Hillier

Eponine Saint Hillier

When did you initially realize that art was an essential form of expression for you?

Art has always been an essential part of my life and I was aware of this from an early age. I began to appreciate, even as a child, that art was a way of being open to one’s environment and allowed one to see or imagine things from another angle. It is an immense wealth, a chance to eradicate the shackles of convention and assumption and create works that express the feeling of freedom of thought.

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What messages would you like to send with your work?

I love the way art can bring the viewer closer to the artist. It initiates a dialog, a game. The art is democratized and is no longer reserved for an elite. Art is in me, it is the people themselves. Each model is a work of art. All the world can become a work of art!

You can see more of Eponine’s art, and purchase her works, on her ARTmine page and she will be exhibiting in Evolving Abstraction, at Agora Gallery June 10-July 1.

Art news round-up

Art news from around the world:

Automakers pledge millions to help the Detroit Institute of Art.

Google has added graffiti art to its art project – some graffiti art, anyway.

UK Culture Minister thinks arts organizations should all be self-funding and calls the alternative ‘pathetic.’

Auction houses and galleries – rivals no more?

Property developers funding public art? Sounded like a great idea. But the Percent for Art law is not being enforced.

Popular stories from the week:

We take artists’ studios for granted – but they haven’t always been like this. They’ve changed over time.

Artists certainly aren’t always loners – but apparently people prefer art made by individuals.

Have you seen the ‘Leg Gun’ yet? It’s a new meme created by Ai Weiwei – but no one knows yet what it means.

These bird sculptures are made from wires – but they look like detailed sketches.

Reception Review: June 12, 2014

by: Justine McCullough, June 14 2014

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This Thursday evening, artists, friends and enthusiasts gathered at Agora Gallery for the opening reception celebrating our current collective exhibitions Evolving Abstraction, Figurative Realms, and New York City 2014: Synchronicity. I had the opportunity to speak with five artists about their artwork and practice, and throughout our conversations, I was particularly interested to learn about their visions and what they hope to impart to viewers.

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Navah Porat is a lifelong artist whose most recent work explores the theme of waiting. “We are always waiting,” Navah explained to me. “Whether for a drink, a doctor, a husband, we are always waiting.” She begins by photographing her subject and then reinterpreting it with oil on canvas, sometimes adding textual components and often altering the clothing, the scene, and even the identity of the subject. “What you see is the last step of the process,” she said as we discussed one of her paintings, which consists of two women seated on a bench. A bird rests atop one woman’s head, a whimsical addition to the painting that Navah explained was crucial to the overall composition. Numbers painted on the background of the painting suggest a clockface and time, and thus waiting. Born in Italy, raised in Argentina, and currently based in Israel, Navah recently completed her MA with a thesis focusing on the aesthetics of the female body. This is Navah’s second exhibition with Agora Gallery.

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Nathan Plung creates dynamic portraits using the celebrated craft of cross-stitch. The artist’s portraits feature famous and historical figures who are “inspirational to everyone for all different reasons,” such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, and Albert Einstein. As Nathan’s work demonstrates, “cross-stitch is not just your typical decorative art. It is art, not craft.” Composed in tones of monochrome, Nathan’s portraits contain vibrant background colors that deliberately reference the subjects’ expression. The portrait of American musician Frank Zappa, for instance, features a deep red background to suggest the musician’s “intensity and anger.” The deep purple background of the portrait of Pablo Picasso references the pensive, sometimes lonely life of an artist. Speaking of another famous figure in art history, it is difficult not to think of Andy Warhol and his iconic portraits of celebrities when viewing Nathan’s work. Born with cerebral palsy, Nathan began working with cross-stitch initially as a motor skill exercise. As he refined his practice, he realized the artistic and expressive opportunities presented by the medium. “My art is about complete expression,” Nathan said.

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Using vibrant colors and various textures and materials in her paintings, AnnaMaria Critelli captures the forces of nature inherent in the universe. “I am very excited about what is happening now,” she said. Her painting Russian Comet, she explained, memorializes a recent cosmic occurrence over Russia. Visually, the painting is a movement of light, with degrees of color suggesting the heat patterns of a comet. “I like to work in a three-dimensional form to engage the viewer,” AnnaMaria told me. Her painting Warp Speed, for instance, is sculptural in places where it has been built up with Plaster of Paris, resulting in a sense of depth that represents the atmosphere as it would appear to a viewer seeing an aircraft fly toward him or her. “Every time I paint I try to use a different surface,” she said. This is AnnaMaria’s second exhibition with the gallery. “Agora is so inspiring to artists,” she told me. “It is a venue for artists to be creative and true to who they are.”


Elisabeth Radomsky’s current exhibition is her first at Agora. An internationally renowned portraitist, Elisabeth explained to me that a good portrait “must show the soul of a person, and still-lifes and seascapes are the same.” Her paintings portray moments in time that reveal “the beauty and tragedy all around us.” When she shoots photographs, she sometimes thinks, “What a painting that would be!” Elisabeth’s classical and romantic landscapes begin with the camera, where she shoots what moves her and then translates the images into paintings with imaginative elements. “I capture what moves my heart,” Elisabeth told me. Indeed, her painting Bella Venezio was inspired by her honeymoon trip to Venice. Looking at the window that covers the composition of this painting, one can imagine life in the Italian city. She told me about a window in Venice where she could see a woman watering plants – although the woman is not pictured in the painting, one can practically sense her.


Self-taught UK artist Neil Masterman has been painting professionally since the 1990s. During the reception at Agora Gallery, Neil was traveling by boat from England to New York, where he arrived the day following the reception. He sat down with me at the gallery to discuss his work. His favorite among his paintings currently on display at Agora is Earth, Wind and Fire. “I thought about it quite a long time,” he explained. “I wanted to create space using color.” Indeed, the vibrant colors flow into each other, moving the eye and holding one’s attention. A Fellow of the Royal Chartered Institute of Building, Neil has extensive experience and technical skill in sketching and design. “I like to have fun and jolt the viewer,” he told me. Despite the artist’s obvious and infectious playfulness, some of his work exudes alternate qualities. Neil told me about another painting, Cypress Trees, inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s treatment of the same subject, and how a copy of which hangs in a dentist’s office. “The painting is restful,” Neil told me. For a painting hanging in a dentist’s office, this is a fine quality, indeed.

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The current exhibitions, Evolving Abstraction, Figurative Realms, and New York City 2014: Synchronicity, are on view until July 1, 2014. Each offers a rich and diverse selection of some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today. All of these artists and more have their artwork for sale on To keep updated with happenings at the gallery, please subscribe to our blog and join our mailing list.

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