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
Josep Francés Anaya
Tripping the Light Fantastic
Agora Gallery
New York,NY

  • Ball-Drop   Ball-Drop
    Oil on Canvas
    49" x 98"
    Josep Francés Anaya

  • Icara in New York   Icara in New York
    Oil on Canvas
    51.5" x 35"
    Josep Francés Anaya


Josep Francés Anaya

JOSEP FRANCÉS ANAYA

Tripping the Light Fantastic
December 7 - January 18, 2018
Reception: Thursday December 7, 2017 6-8 PM

Josep Francés Anaya blurs the boundaries of reality and fantasy in his richly detailed oil paintings of populated cityscapes. Set against recognizable architecture in Times Square and Midtown Manhattan, Anaya depicts strong, mythical, magical women amidst sleek skyscrapers and avenue grids. The result is a series of richly detailed, boldly colored works that imbue everyday environments with an air of futuristic fantasy.

In The Lost Princess in Thames, Anaya renders the stark, rectilinear form of the Empire State Building, and looming above is a winged woman descending from the sky like an extraterrestrial god. Icara, ostensibly the female Icarus, depicts a flailing woman in a gyroscope of light and color, her wings melting in the heat of the sun. Similarly, Icara in New York represents the otherworldly woman walking through the city streets, her strength and power radiating through her confrontational gaze. Finally, Ball-Drop focuses singularly on the geometry of architecture. From an aerial perspective, Anaya renders the cold, metallic built environment of Manhattan with hyper-realistic precision.