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Stéphane Delaprée’s Happy Paintings Possess a Joyous Healing Quality

Born in Paris, France, and raised in Quebec, Canada and Senegal, Stéphane Delaprée began his artistic career as an illustrator for comic strips.

Stéphane Delaprée-South-East Asia
Stéphane Delaprée-South-East Asia
Influenced by Matisse, Henri Rousseau, Fernand Léger and Gauguin, Delaprée’s subjective personal style is both ebullient and optimistic, uplifting the soul in expressions the artist calls “happy painting.” Working with acrylic on canvas or on handmade paper, his large paintings (some as expansive as four meters, with his longest ever, made for the lobby of an international airport, measuring fifteen meters) project a power and impact rarely encountered in contemporary illustrative works.

Through figurative motifs and bright, flashy colors, Delaprée infuses a joyful, healing quality into every illustration. Each unites careful constructs with a creative spontaneity. These compositions, use of flora and carefree characters seem at first glance whimsical. Yet upon contemplation, one finds a deeply personal narrative that suggests a celebration of life in harmony with nature. At once fragile and powerful, these creations portray a universe that connects artist to admirer on an elementary level — “a world seen through a child’s eyes,” explains Delaprée. His pieces have been displayed in venues around the world.

Exhibition Dates: May 16, 2014 – June 5, 2014
Reception: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York

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Contemporary Perspectives

Pouneh Asli | Liedeke Bulder | Ouni Mam | Stéphane Delaprée | Julia Ennis | Semen Eruntsov | Olga Fedorova | Brenda F. Jackson | Ju Jian | Monica Manfroi | Natso | Susan Marx | Paula Montgomery | Teresa Ramon

About the Exhibition

Contemporary Perspectives highlights the exciting and innovative nature of art today, with each artist bringing their unique point of view and feel for the zeitgeist to their work.

About Agora Gallery

Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The art gallery’s expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization’s specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.