Â “The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nilo, “No Name 6,” Mixed Media on Canvas, 31.5″ x 39.4″
As long as there has been art, there has been portraiture. Portraits were originally reserved only for those who were regardedÂ as important – religious figures, royalty, and nobility –Â and were meant to be in the exact likeness of the sitter. For many of us, these are the types of paintings that comeÂ to mind when someone mentions portraits. However, there is so much more to this personalizedÂ style of art. Whether a photograph, painting, drawing, or sculpture and regardless of artistic style, a portrait is just as much about the inner psyche of the sitter as it is about their physical appearance. That is why in contemporary art, it does not matter if you recognize the face that you are seeing. Instead, it is about relating to the overall essence of the image – the emanating emotion and energy.
Each of these Agora Gallery artists have used portraiture to represent not only a specific face, but a culture, a concept, or an idea.
â€śIn photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.â€ť –Â Alfred Stieglitz
Fine art photography is different fromÂ rivaling art forms in terms of the fact that unlike otherÂ mediums, which have been practiced and developed since the beginning of human time, it’s aÂ very recent new art development. Â 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 mediumÂ transcended the art world and brought countless new possibilities and new criteria to classify and critique artwork. Throughout the past century, photographyÂ 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.
â€śIf you canâ€™t excite people about wildlife, how can you convince them to love, cherish, and protect our wildlife and the environment they live in?â€ť – Steve Irwin
When artists use the beauty and wonder of wildlife as their subject, they are not just recreating a depiction of an animal, they are exploringÂ a life. Animal portraits, like with human subjects, much capture the energy, the emotion, and the environment that surrounds and animates the creature, much more than simply outlining the recognizable features. Artists who delve into the world of the wild learn to create a persona without the use of words orÂ conversation. There is an innate understanding between the artists and their muse, which must be shared between the subject, the artist, and the viewer.
ARTmine has introduced many new artists who use wildlife as their inspiration and who portray these creatures in their work, and we’re glad to share their artÂ with you:
“The craving for color is a natural necessity just as for water and fire. Color is a raw material indispensable to life. At every era of his existence and his history, the human being has associated color with his joys, his actions and his pleasures.”Â – Fernand Leger
Color has been an informative element throughout the history of art. During the Renaissance, the ultramarine pigment was more expensive than gold, and thus was used in paintings to establish social-class. Contemporary art such as the spot series by Damien Hirst, focuses on the relationship between, and the representation of different colors.
There is a scientific reasoning for how color happens, but this information holds no relevance to humans, who attribute color to their lives in more sentimental ways. People claim ownership over colors by declaring their favorite from a young age. Artistâ€™s declare ownership by manipulating the use of color to create meaning. Whether your favorite color is orange or blue, the wavelengths of light reflecting off of these works are sure to captivate and energize you.
The garden has always fascinated great artists. From Monet’s Giverny to Van Gogh’s Dabigny, the garden offers artists an infinity of color, texture, and beauty to recreate. Even Banksy tackled the garden in his 2013 NYC “artists residency.”
The motif of the garden draws upon not just natural beauty, but also carries religious connotations. Not only is there the Garden of Eden, but Buddhists also carry a deep spiritual connection to gardens. Whether you love nature because of its beauty, because of the science of botany, or because of its spirituality, these artworks are sure to speak to you.
All of these works are available for sale at www.ARTmine.com
â€śOneâ€™s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.â€ť â€“ Henry Miller
Wanderlust: a very strong or irresistible impulse to travel. It’s a term that’s become all too familiar in modern times. With advances in technology and transportation, many of us have had the opportunities to travel around the world, and with travel, comes inspiration. Whether you’ve traveled around the world and want to relive your time abroad or if you’ve never left your home town and want to escape, take a moment to check out these new travel-inspired works by a few of Agora Gallery’s incredible artists.
Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas.â€ť
â€• Arshile Gorky
When an artist chooses to create something abstract, they choose to take a risk. They step back from what is concrete and attempt to create a work of art that is unknown and yet recognizable to the viewer. The process of discovery in abstract art allows a viewer toÂ see themselves: their own experiences, their own story, their own feelings. The focus is not so much on the artistic technique, but instead revolves around the overall sentiment in the artwork.
Agora Gallery is always working with artists who dare to work in the abstract, so if you are willing to delve into the unknown, then take a look at some of ARTmine’s newest abstract art.
These artworks are not only beautiful to look at, they’re also budget-friendly. AtÂ $250 and under, each of these works would make a great addition to your collection this holiday season.
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” – Salvador Dali
For the daydreamers among us, the oddballs and “quirky” types: we may not settle for your typical portrait or landscape. No, it’s melting clocks and tangled limbs for us. These surreal artworks, all new to ARTmine, will transport you to a world of the unfamiliar where dreams become reality and reality becomes something altogether new.