C. Selves-Arbust de Mimosa

C. Selves. A Personal Vision of Modern Spain

In her lively oil paintings, C. Selves says her goal is to depict no less than “my life, my person, my class, and my generation.”
Her vision of her world in contemporary Spain is at once …

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Tanya Mayer. Taking and Creating Pleasure in Looking

November 17, 2014 – 8:24 am | Comments Off

Tanya Mayer is a master painter working primarily in watercolor on paper with the occasional use of ink and water dyes.

Tanya Mayer-Morning

Tanya Mayer-Morning

Often depicting the human figure in shining, voluptuous form, her subjects pose nude or semi-nude in plush domestic settings or against stark single color backgrounds. Sensual in their posturing, sometimes accented by accessories or context, her subjects exude cool intensity. Mayer’s dreamy, seductive figures call to archetypes latent within our subconscious and draw on these, yet the artist also makes it clear that her subjects are not merely symbols, but rather exist as individual human beings. Calling her vignettes something close to “impressionistic realism,” her works offer glimpses into the tactile fascination of human flesh. Simple yet satisfying visual pleasure dominates as Mayer makes a strong case for the classical nude as an important motif of contemporary semi-realist painting.
Painter Tanya Mayer was born and raised in the Moscow region of Russia. She has exhibited throughout Europe including a recent show in Nice and participation in an annual salon held at the Louvre.
Exhibition Dates: November 29, 2014 – December 19, 2014
Reception: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York

Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Tanya_Mayer.aspx

Reconstructing Reality

Tamo | EBELGARLE | Christopher Breining | Michelle Cadreau | Mirjam Clement | DINO | Shams | Elisa Grion | Anders Hafsbrandt | Lise Zia | Julia Kappenman | Alejandra Larrea Koch | Virpi Leinonen | Varvara Liakounakou | Vivienne McDermott | Veronica Murphy | Ion Nicola | Geneviève Nicolas | Gerd Rautert | C. Selves | David W. Whitfield | Wei Xiong | Viktor Yaichnikov | Tanya Mayer

About the Exhibition

The variety that exists in the exhibition, Reconstructing Reality, creates a sense of exploration that cannot be denied. The viewer is able to go from the ephemeral to the figurative in just a few moments, only to be snapped back to an equally jarring duality between works of traditional embroidery and surreal landscapes. The contrast, though strong, is far from harsh, with each piece made entirely accessible by the expertise each artist puts into their own styles and works, allowing for the viewer to fully enjoy the full range of art on display.

Tamo. Using Color and Texture to Express Emotion

November 17, 2014 – 8:17 am | Comments Off
Tamo-The Secret

Color and texture are at the center of Georgian artist Tamo’s quest to express her emotions.
The artist cites Abstract Expressionism and Conceptualism as influences, but her images have a combination of restraint and power that …

Christopher Breining, Balancing Technical Mastery With Artistic Interpretation

November 16, 2014 – 2:49 pm | Comments Off
Christopher Breining-Babe Ruth

Long Island native Christopher Breining’s naturalistic watercolors and drawings balance technical mastery and figurative representation with the personal interpretation of the artist.
A self-taught artist, Breining prefers to start with a photograph — usually black-and-white — …

Anders Hafsbrandt Explores the Faux Joie De Vive of Society’s Outcasts

November 16, 2014 – 2:45 pm | Comments Off
Anders Hafsbrandt-The Kiss

Inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec and the lyrics of Bellman, an 18th century Swedish songwriter, Swedish-born Anders Hafsbrandt explores the decadent and romantic sadness of society’s outcasts.
“I place the poor, misunderstood and drunken people in exclusive environments …

Alejandra Larrea Koch Creates Eternal Perfection In Form

November 16, 2014 – 2:43 pm | Comments Off
Alejandra Larrea Koch-Bolas Peludas

Richly wrought in vivid tones, Chilean artist Alejandra Larrea Koch’s luscious geometric abstractions explore the sphere as a symbol of organically feminine perfection, dynamically balanced between timelessness and creation.
The roundness of the shapes becomes filled …

Tiago Atalaia. New Contemporary Art from Portugal

November 15, 2014 – 4:52 pm | Comments Off
Tiago Atalaia-Erupcao

“Painting is an expression of my inner person,” says the definitively Portuguese fine artist Tiago Atalaia.
Drawn to the spatula and its naturalness, Atalaia maintains that it is his country of origin – particularly its sun, …

Purcell completes Tower Bridge High Level Walkways

November 15, 2014 – 4:46 pm | Comments Off

Tower Bridge has unveiled two new glass floors across its high-level walkways, enabling visitors to view a bridge lift from a wholly new and unique perspective. Purcell were the architects responsible for introducing the glass …

Shams. Pioneering a New Embroidery Art

November 13, 2014 – 10:49 am | Comments Off
Shams-Rain dance

The original artwork of Indian artist Shams is as fascinating as it is beautiful.
Inspired by Zari embroidery, Shams’ innovative, three-dimensional technique combines bright colors with detailed forms, creating dynamic images that explore both the beauty …

The Harley Open Exhibition 2015

November 13, 2014 – 10:41 am | Comments Off
Elaine Winter

The Harley Open Exhibition, running this year for the third time, is a biennial art competition which attracts entries from artists from across the country.
Previous exhibitors have included established artists Richard Combes, Sarah Sharpe and …

Confected, Borrowed, Blue… an installation by Paul Scott

November 13, 2014 – 10:40 am | Comments Off
Paul Scott

Blue and white china is often found at home; it is a visual language that many people are familiar with.
Paul Scott’s appropriation of its traditional patterns as vehicles for socio-political commentary has made his work …

Necklace for an Elephant and Other Stories: the Working Lives of David Poston

November 13, 2014 – 10:37 am | Comments Off
David Poston

David Poston is a jeweller and designer whose work has been collected by museums across the world and bought by individuals to be worn every day.
Unconventional throughout his career, he has designed a necklace for …