Herluck Antoine Blémur
Breaking with Realism
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
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Herluck Antoine Blémur


Breaking with Realism
September 2 – September 22, 2017
Reception: Thursday, September 7, 2017 6-8 PM

Herluck Antoine Blémur's paintings are modern-day fables filled with riotous life and piercing detail. Blémur works in acrylic, a medium that allows him to play as many vivid, matte colors against each other as possible. His brush is precise even as it spins out into wild textures: streaks, feathers, smudges, starbursts, and delicate threading all appear in his works, to create directionality and energy. Blémur favors earth tones mixed with blacks and bright reds, but he will include a pop of bright blue when it's least expected.

Blémur's compositions are often so packed with allusions and symbolic gestures that one can glean several different narratives from a single piece. Winged figures tower over the landscape; parents tend to babies; animals that hint at mythological origins dance across the sky. Steeped in Blémur's heritage, the images manage to be both confrontational and obscure their meaning, leaving viewers liberated to explore their own interpretations.

Blémur is a Canadian-Haitian artist and was born in Montréal, Québec.