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530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Simon Raskina
Elixir of Nature
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY

  • Purple Owl   Purple Owl
    Acrylic on Canvas
    30" x 40"
    Simon Raskina

  • Cage the What?   Cage the What?
    Acrylic on Canvas
    28" x 22"
    Simon Raskina

  • Tiger Eyes   Tiger Eyes
    Acrylic on Canvas
    24" x 30"
    Simon Raskina


Simon Raskina

SIMON RASKINA

Elixir of Nature
May 20 – June 9, 2016
Reception: Thursday, May 26, 2016 6-8 PM

Toronto-based artist Simon Raskina creates displays of majestic color through his detailed paintings of familiar and exotic subjects. His work focuses on the enduring natural beauty of landscapes and animals, with applications of kaleidoscopic brushstrokes and smoky textures to produce a picturesque quality. Although working in a realistic style, Raskina's compositions contain an idealized palette that tends towards fantasy and neon opulence. This effect, however, only adds to the naturalistic style and the overall sense of positivity and unrestrained energy in his works.

Raskina's stylistic choices are glued together with the use of blended acrylics and attention to the figurative aspects of the paintings. His representations of animals, for example, use descriptive brushstrokes and details to embody energetic measures of emotional depth. By characterizing his subjects in this way, Raskina shows a more experimental side, allowing elements of playfulness and chance into the picture. In contrast to some avant-garde art, Raskina's work is explicitly created with a positive message in mind, which is particularly reflected in the harmonious palette and the real sense of personality in each work of art.

Simon Raskina was born and raised in Toronto, Canada where he continues to live and work today. He is a creative director and art teacher for a private studio in Markham, Ontario.