Please join Agora Gallery for the opening reception of the Chelsea International Photography Competition, on Thursday February 1st from 6-8pm.
The exhibition will be on view January 27th through February 7th.
We look forward to seeing you!
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From opening receptions to art fairs, Agora Gallery is always proud to share updates on the participation of its artists in various events. After our represented artists successfully participated in the Shanghai Art Fair 2017 edition, we’re delighted to present a selection of images from the opening reception of the West Contemporary Arts Appreciation Society exhibition, in Weihai, where their works are featured!
Guests participating in the West Contemporary Arts Appreciation Society exhibition
Dating back to scribes of the medieval ages, miniature art is highly prized by collectors. To this day, even the U. S. White House holds a special assortment of miniature artworks. Although this particular style of art is constantly evolving, one common rule of thumb is that a work of miniature art can be held in the palm of the hand.
At Agora Gallery, we have a number of artists practicing this style. From dreamy watercolors to strong expressionist artworks, there is a wide range of exceptional tiny artworks to choose from, which all live up to the old saying ‘good things come in small packages’. Here is a collection of the best miniature works from ARTmine.
“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 regarded as important – religious figures, royalty, and nobility – and were meant to be in the exact likeness of the sitter. For many of us, these are the types of paintings that come to mind when someone mentions portraits. However, there is so much more to this personalized 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.
One of the things we love most about our artists is that no two are exactly the same. Whether in style, technique, or medium, Agora artists all have their own unique characteristics that make their art their own. One such artist is Sarah Elyse Granetz, whose show at Agora Gallery just closed in early July. Sarah received her B.A. in Fine Arts from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. During this time, she spent a semester in Paris, France. What began as a “self-portrait” assignment has transformed into a meditative series on the female form through literal impressions of the artist’s actual body.
Sarah Elyse Granetz applies paint to her body like a paintbrush, using her limbs to create unique pieces of art.
“Through this series, I have been able to explore the controversial and complicated theme of one’s body and one’s gaze upon it while respecting the ‘truth’ of my own. Through these works, I have found peace.”
We talked more with Sarah about her unique painting style. Read on to learn more about her techniques, artistic choices, and how she works through her process!
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 July 10th – July 17th, 2016.
From Brexit to the US Presidential Elections 2016, there are a number of big changes happening around the world. This week in Art News RoundUp, we bring you top stories about how world politics affect the art world!
Massachusetts-based artist James Chisholm has been with Agora Gallery since the beginning of 2013. We’ve had the pleasure of not only exhibiting and promoting his own beautiful paintings but also watching as he uses his passion to transform the lives of the young artists around him. James teaches numerous classes to artists of all ages (we spoke with him regarding his experiences teaching students that art can actually turn into a career for the 34th volume of ARTisSpectrum Magazine) and is always working on new projects that allow his students to experiment with their own styles of expression. However, one of James’ most successful projects has been an annual mural that is completed by the entire group of students from his drawing class at the North Shore Community College. Each year introduces a new inspiration, and stories about his mural projects have been written up locally).
James Chisholm and students from his NSCC drawing class working on the mural; source: Owen O’Rourke from Itemlive.com
We spoke with James to get a more intimate look into the journey from conception to creation to finished mural!
Some artists find a blank white canvas to be daunting. With limitless possibilities to be explored, how can you know if what you’re doing is the best thing? Bimbi Larraburu sees her canvas not as a challenge, but as an open space to express her inner self through color, line, and shape. Bimbi’s works give way to a chaotic visual effect, one that simultaneously excites and soothes any viewer. The colors are vibrant and the composition is random, and yet everything works together to create perfectly balanced abstract pieces.
Bimbi has lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for her whole life, and continues to work there today. She was always interested in the arts from a very young age, but was encouraged to pursue a traditional university career, causing her to study Architecture and Advertising, elements of which she continues to bring into her art. Bimbi also studied under the Argentinian abstract painter Heriberto Zorrilla and learned the ways of the “Esencialismo” movement. In addition to her art, Bimbi loves to travel and manages a family real estate business in Argentina and the US.
Bimbi Larraburu painting in her studio in Buenos Aires
Being from Argentina, Bimbi answered some questions we had for her in her native Spanish language as well as in English. We have transcribed the interview in both languages here for all to enjoy! Read on to learn more about Bimbi’s story, as well as her techniques and inspiration.
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 July 3rd – July 9th, 2016.
Source: Artnet News
This week we saw two paintings from the Dutch Golden Era reunited after 351 years, Brooke Shields make a curatorial debut, and a protest by Russian artist Katrin Nenasheva.
With a passion for art from a very young age, Oliwia Biela has always found a way to express herself through her paintings. She feels the impulse to put all her positive feelings on canvas without thinking, to just express her emotions in the moment. She continues to paint spontaneous and emotion-filled abstract paintings using a variety of materials and techniques, choosing whatever method works best with her mood at the time.
Oliwia Biela in her studio
Outside of her artwork, Oliwia loves ballet, jazz music, and traveling. She is interested in learning all that she can about the world and loves all that is alive.