From 19th century art to contemporary rock music, here are some of the traps and pitfalls imitation might present to an emerging artist, showing why imitation sometimes works and why sometimes it doesn’t.
After the festive season, getting back into a daily routine can be difficult. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions, or tips from our experts, to give your art a fresh start.
For most people, the beginning of a new year feels like the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. After getting a break, it seems one should feel well-rested, full of inspiration, and enthusiastic to begin new work. And yet, after the festive season ends, artists often find that getting back into an effective working schedule is a real uphill struggle. That spark, which normally makes the creative process a joy, is just not quite there.
Everyone finds it difficult to get back into their daily routine after any kind of extended break. But in some ways, artists have to face extra challenges in this area. For one thing, most artists work alone, which means that they create their own incentives. With self-made deadlines, it can be particularly hard to inspire yourself to work. Additionally, because the work is so inherently creative, the disruption from your productivity can create a big roadblock for inspiration. If you’re not feeling inspired, then how can you create? This doesn’t mean that you have to sweat over your art, but what really makes the difference is hard work. Inspiration is essential, but only a part of the picture.
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!
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.
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.
“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!
Fanny Horowitz‘s figurative paintings focus on the social persona that women take on in their every day lives. Using technical skills and a love of color, Fanny creates intimate and mysterious worlds in which the viewer can take part.
Leaving the context for her subjects vague, Fanny invites us all to interpret each piece in our own way. While one person might see a woman checking herself out in a mirror, another person may see someone with insecurities, making sure that her makeup or clothes are perfectly in place. “For me, painting is setting out on an adventure. I choose to paint simple and unassuming motifs from the world around me,” says the artist.
Fanny draws inspiration from the Impressionist movement and the intense colors of Fauvism. Her works are drenched with color, with subtle but firm depictions of light and shadow. She uses vivid oil colors and mixes endless shades and sub-shades for each piece. These methods generate a sense of mystery, prompting the viewer’s imagination to form a unique, individual experience.
Those moments of grace that she creates are an escape from a noisy, outside world to a place that is tranquil, allowing the viewer to dive into the depths until they lose their sense of external time and place, entering and observing inner emotional worlds and landscapes, and searching for a lock that opens a door to spiritual sustenance.
We had the chance to sit down with Fanny and discuss her work and process, and we were far from disappointed. Read on to learn more about this fascinating artist!
Using her personal experiences and a social perspective, artist Chris Brandell seeks to “interpret the complexity of the human dynamic” while also expressing her passion for color. Hue, intensity, texture, and composition are all crucial to her artistic practice that she uses to invoke emotion in her audience. From a young age, Chris experienced color differently from those around her. “It’s safe to say that my color awareness is similar to my other senses – it’s tangible. I feel I can literally communicate an experience through color in a way that I cannot through words.” Her technique involves a lot of movement and little use of brushes, favoring the affects of large knives and trowels instead.
Chris has been working in the business world for many years and is also a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is housed in several private collections. After climbing the corporate ladder in a male-dominated industry and becoming a partner in her own company, Chris is ready to take on the art world and pursue art as a career.
We had the chance to talk with Chris about her art, her practice, and how her artistic self is affected by the other aspects of her life. Read on to learn more!
Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia, Natia Malazonia has always been influenced by the traditional art practices of her native country. Though she initially specialized in textile design at the Academy of Arts in Tbilisi, Natia found inspiration in an iconic masterpiece of Georgian art, the Khakhuli triptych, a partially preserved medieval Georgian icon of the Virgin Mary. The triptych incorporates over 100 pieces of Georgian and Byzantine enamel and is of huge importance to the history and culture of Georgia. Natia vowed to master the technique and eventually developed her own unique style, combining traditional enamel methods with pigment painting.
Natia works mainly as an independent artist, but has collaborated with various galleries, including Agora Gallery and the studio of Eduard Egikian, where artists perfect the enamel technique. She has also donated several enamel pieces to the current Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, one of her most exciting moments as an artist.
We had the opportunity to speak with Natia and learn more about how she’s managed to bring an ancient art into the modern age.
As an arts organization, Agora Gallery is always concerned about the state of arts education around the world. We want to do our part to make sure that schools and the students who attend them have the materials they need to learn and create and produce the next generation of artists. That’s why we donate to NYC’s Materials for the Arts.
Two floors of gallery space, two stunning shows of contemporary art. This Thursday, December 3rd, Agora Gallery held our final opening reception of the year, welcoming in the exhibitions Manifestation of Milieu and Persistence of Form. It’s been an amazing year with so many unforgettable exhibitions in which we’ve been introduced to some extraordinary new artists, and saw the welcome return of old friends.
But, opening receptions aren’t about looking back at what has already happened, but rather about looking forward at what’s to come. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the exciting artists who will be looking forward to a provocative and engaging December exhibition!