Australian Artist Michael Cowdroy’s Dynamic Streetscapes in New York City

Australian painter Michael Cowdroy eschews the broad vistas and minimal color palettes of many of his compatriots’ landscape paintings, but his small-town streetscapes retain the same sense of sharpness in the air and intensity of light.

Michael Cowdroy-Mansell Street

Working with delicate brushstrokes and hues that evoke the French Impressionists, he portrays neighborhoods and homes surrounded by nature. By opposing the pale and rusty tones of the streets and buildings to the vibrant, infinitely modulated greens of the surrounding foliage, Cowdroy suggests a delicate balance between man and nature.

This juxtaposition lends his compositions an incredibly tactile quality, the loosely defined structures and surfaces allowing viewers to invest the images with their own experiences. His dynamic framing of streets and landscapes puts a contemporary spin on classical perspective, with vanishing points often hidden around bends in snaking roads and many images dominated by enormous trees. The results are evocative images that use a familiar visual lexicon in new and exciting ways to convey a gripping and immersive sense of place.

Exhibition Dates: February 7, 2013 – February 27, 2013
Reception: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6-8 pm
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. – 6 p.m.

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About the Exhibition

This February, Agora Gallery is proud to present two exhibitions that will warm your heart and touch your soul, bringing light and life to the winter days. Idiosyncratic Expressions delves into the diverse and diverting nature of perception and individual expression and awareness. Uniting a very personal approach to human nature and the world around us with an ability to expose the shared understanding that binds us together, these works both inspire and celebrate the variety of existence and the power of vision. In Degrees of Abstraction, the audience will be introduced to the work of artists who are constantly reworking the boundaries and borders of skill and possibility. Lively, innovative impressions of both reality and inner life take the potential of visual expression to a whole new level.

February is also Heart Month and to celebrate we’re doing something a little special. Some of the artists in this exhibition have created artwork especially for the occasion. The entire sales proceeds from the sales of these particular pieces of art will be donated to the Children’s Heart Foundation.
The exhibitions open on February 7, 2013 and run until February 27, 2013. The opening reception will take place on the evening of Thursday February 7, 6-8 pm. Entrance is free and all art enthusiasts are warmly welcomed to attend and meet some of the artists responsible for creating these remarkable works of art.