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Catherine Harasymiw: An Abstract View of Emotion

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Catherine Harasymiw in Portal to Enigma. The exhibition opens April 25, 2017 and runs through May 16,  2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, April 27 from 6-8 pm.

In Catherine Harasymiw’s paintings, issues of identity and place are expressed in abstract terms. Drawing inspiration from Surrealism, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Expressionism, she creates images in which subtle combinations of color and pattern take on a strong emotional weight. Balancing a detailed visual style with a spontaneity that gives each painting movement and life, Harasymiw constructs a world that is both meticulously constructed and thoroughly unpredictable. “My paintings attempt to capture the chaos and uncertainty of thought and perception while still representing the beauty in what we cannot control,” she says, and that dichotomy makes looking at her images a journey of discovery.

Harasymiw works in acrylics and oils on wood panel, and because of that her paintings bring a wide variety of textures to life. From sharply drawn geometrical shapes to dense, blurry compositions that pull the viewer into their mysterious webs, she presents a world that is moody and dreamlike, but also has a powerful and invigorating clarity. The resulting works engage the viewer on many levels. The artist lives and works in Toronto.


Exhibition Dates: April 25, 2017  – May 16, 2017

Reception: Thursday, April 27, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11:00am – 6:00pm

Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York

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Featured Artists:

Portal to Enigma

Mague Brewer  |  A. Cornelia Weigle  |  Sven Weigle  |  Catherine Harasymiw  |  Patricia Queiruga  |  Cristina Prieto Crespi  |  Cindy Parsley  |  Lois Gold


About the Exhibition

Portal to Enigma

Agora Gallery is pleased to present Portal to Enigma, a new group exhibition exploring the possibilities of extreme abstraction and non-representational art. As its title suggests, this show is about finding meaning within compositions that can be obscure or even withholding. The work on display throws the spotlight on the non-literal components of visual depiction: texture, color, form, and arrangement in space. Portal to Enigma is a unique survey of the latest in abstraction.

Among the eight featured artists are some who play with landscape, some who play with figural studies, and some who work purely outside of representational boundaries. One artist fractures the human body into slices almost as if to show the movement of time across the canvas. Another depicts nature as a romantic, mysterious collection of impossibly rich colors. The exhibition includes experiments in pattern, texture, and highly intricate mark-making. These are some of the most energized, relentlessly curious abstract artists working in the field today.

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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. 

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