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
Yu He
The Figure and Unknown Places
Agora Gallery
New York,NY

  • Still Life No. 498   Still Life No. 498
    Acrylic on Paper
    24" x 18"
    Yu He

  • Seaside. Evening No. 442   Seaside. Evening No. 442
    Acrylic on Canvas
    24" x 18"
    Yu He

  • Tree. Autumn No.8   Tree. Autumn No.8
    Acrylic on Paper
    24" x 18"
    Yu He

  • Seaside. Evening No. 479   Seaside. Evening No. 479
    Acrylic on Paper
    18" x 24"
    Yu He


Yu He

YU HE

The Figure and Unknown Places
July 7 – July 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, July 12, 2018 6-8 PM

Self taught painter Yu He’s acrylic still lifes and landscapes capture everyday scenes with an expressive palette and painterly brushwork. Born in China and living in the United States, the artist’s abstracted compositions offer a playful take on traditional subject matter. She tilts the perspective, eliminates detail, and blurs background and foreground in her works, creating a whimsical effect that challenges the connotations of still life painting.

The artist's Still Life No. 498 depicts a typical tablescape with loose, quick brushstrokes, the cool, blue palette lending a sense of calm to the images. The combination of fruits, flowers, and tableware is portrayed with thickly painted turquoise, auburn, and yellow strokes. Horizon lines and fine details are excluded from this tablescape, allowing teacups, blooms, and vases to float in imaginative, richly pigmented environments. Meanwhile, seascapes Seaside. Evening No. 442 and Seaside. Evening No. 479 capture a peachy pink and aqua sunset, the brilliant twilight sky mirrored in the calm waters.