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Mixed Media Storytelling in Liesel Beukes's Artwork at Agora Gallery

07-17-2012 08:11 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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Liesel Beukes. Taking Flight

Liesel Beukes. Taking Flight

South African, Munich-based artist Liesel Beukes embeds narratives into each of her bright, richly textured and surreal mixed media paintings. Her bold compositions foreground one or two vibrant colors, often a deep blue or warm orange, whose evocative power she attributes to the time she spent growing up in South Africa amidst bright landscapes and strong sunlight. She melds figurative images like portraits and plants with collaged patterns, flowing abstract forms and embossed ridges and lines that lend sculptural qualities to the dramatic visual hybrids. This fusion of techniques produces gripping yet mysterious images.
Beukes is careful never to make the stories that inspired her pieces too overt, often deploying collaged and painted images in enigmatic and incongruous ways to emphasize their complexity. The resulting works can be read in any number of ways, none of which seems to dominate any one canvas. Rather, much like the colors in her palette, the narrative fragments in Beukes’ paintings maintain a beguiling and seductive harmony.

Exhibition Dates: July 7, 2012 – July 27, 2012
Reception: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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:

Feel the summer's bloom reflected in the lively, fresh artworks now on display at Agora Gallery. Enjoy the sensitive, sensual and delightful creations by contemporary French artists in The French Perspective: Contemporary Art from France, which brings the most enticing of French artwork to New York. In Pathway to Abstraction, reflect on the power of form and hue as the pieces lull you into a genuine appreciation of the wonder of shapes and the way they can express concepts. Sensorial Perspectives will fill you with a sense of purpose and positivity, through works that conjure up a vision of the world as it could be, by reshaping the way we look at what we know. The exhibitions begin on July 7, 2012 and continue until July 27, 2012. The opening reception is on July 12, 2012. Entrance is free and all art enthusiasts are warmly welcomed to attend.

Featured artists:

Sensorial Perspectives Thomas Ab-e | Liesel Beukes | Maria Fatjó Parés | Max Giannotta | Vadim Keshersky | Vali Kolotourou | Katherine Li | Lou Lihou | Marzena Oberc-Habzda | April Rimpo | Antenor Romanini | Boris Selan | Andrea Sole Costa | Maurizio Zanotto

Pathway to Abstraction Arnold Gonzales | Michelle Hold | Jung-Min Lee | Bruno Antonio Malatesta | Koki Morimoto | Vibha Nanda | Alessandro Patrone | David Saborido | Fabio Sanzogni | Kevin Stevens | Gabe Tong | Mario Tonino
The French Perspective: Contemporary Art from France Featured Artists: Nathalie Armand | Doussineau Claude | Julien Eustache | Cécile Guicheteau | Ainhoa Menchaca | Taitmès Soinoff | Danielle Stange

About Agora Gallery
Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery, established in 1984 and located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea art galleries district. It is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. Fine art is shown in group exhibitions that present the work of several artists, or solo exhibitions, which focus on the work of one particular artist. The gallery publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of international talented artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is the proud sponsor of ARTmine, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art. The gallery also runs Agora Art Blog, a blog designed to provide helpful information and advice for artists while providing a forum for artists to help one another by sharing their experiences and thoughts.

Agora Gallery
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY
Tel. (212) 226 - 4151
Nellie Scott

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