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Paul Tappenden & Joanna Dickey Bring the Mysteries of the Natural World to Life The Portal of Tranquility at Agora Gallery

10-13-2009 01:18 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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Paul Tappenden/Joanna Dickey "Catacomb 1"

Paul Tappenden/Joanna Dickey "Catacomb 1"

Chelsea’s Agora Gallery is pleased to present a four part collective exhibition that is scheduled to run from October 2, 2009 through October 23, 2009.

The journey of exploration into the elusive mysteries of the natural world is the creative motivation behind the artistic partnership of Paul Tappenden and Joanna Dickey. Streambeds provide an endless number of intimate environments that naturalists Tappenden and Dickey reveal through their art. The subject matter inspires a wide range of artistic experimentations: the movement of water, reflection of objects outside the picture plane and the stunning colors and textures of nature. The remarkable technique of Fresco Découvrir pairs the ancient medium of fresco painting with an impasto stylistic approach. Paintings transform into visual symphonies that echo rhythms of the scenes from which they emerged, capturing the vision of the moment or becoming powerful abstractions of colliding colors and forms. Throughout, the attention to detail and the handling of fresco create an oeuvre of impeccable quality and beauty. Paul Tappenden and Joanna Dickey work from their studio at the Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center in southern New York State.

Soothing naturalist vistas await audiences of The Portal of Tranquility. Nature has always retained the power to enhance our understanding of ourselves and these artists recognize the potent visual possibilities of the natural domain. Here we find each painter, in varying degrees of realism, striking out on their own path and taking delight in the rhythms and energies of the creation itself.The unique styles and working methods of the artists showcased in Four Degrees of Abstraction are a consequence of seeking to express the ineffable in new, personal ways. Rapturous beauty combines with intriguing symbolism to explore the inner and outer worlds; each artwork becomes a note in a collective effort to unlock the mysteries of being. Sensorial Realities is a collection of whimsical works of contemporary art exploring both the spiritual and earthly themes. These visionary artists take us on a merry expedition though mystic jungles and intergalactic realms, while delving into the yearly cycles of birth and rebirth. Other works focus on the timeless, transformative power of the figure. Together these creative minds provide us with an extraordinary art experience. The Saturated Palette is a collection of artists conceiving novel forms of expressive abstract painting. Highly energetic and personal, these artists forge new pathways of visual articulation, while exploring music, philosophy and performing arts. The selection of art works will delight audiences who embark upon an exploration of imagery rich with symbolism and a vigorous pulse. This is contemporary painting at it’s finest: colorful, brave, and breathtaking.

Exhibition Dates: October 2, 2009 – October 23, 2009
Reception: Thursday, October 08, 2009, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.

Featured Artists:
Four Degrees of Abstraction- Kristina Garon, Sung Hong, Suzete Martins, Christopher Voss
Sensorial Realities- Michael Berger, David Jeffery Frank, Melissa Norenberg, Ren Seffer, Christopher Stone, Tineke Wilde
The Portal of Tranquility- Alexei Adamov, Kerstin Arnold, Abdelkhalek Idmalk, Paul Tappenden and Joanna Dickey, Marc van der Leeden
The Saturated Palette- Taras Borovyk, Jenifer Carey, Lenore Sempert, Kensuke Shimizu

About Agora Gallery
Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea art galleries district that was established in 1984 and 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. The gallery also 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 internationally talented emerging and mid-level artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is also the sponsor of, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art from emerging, mid-level and well-established artists. Most recently, the gallery launched, 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
530 West 25th St.
New York, NY 10001

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