Jian Jun An: A powerful sense of line
NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of British Columbia artist Jian Jun An in Emerging Visions. The exhibition will open on January 21, 2017 and run through February 10, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, January 26 from 6-8 PM.
In Jian Jun An’s paintings, lines assume a life of their own, creating currents of motion that make viewing his images an active experience. From rather abstract forms that seem to take shape before our eyes to realistic scenes that are given an otherworldly spin through his distinctive technique, the artist employs a dynamic sense of color, form and composition that results in images with a constantly shifting energy. Even his most dramatic paintings have a sense of stillness at their center, while his more relaxed scenes become unexpectedly complex.
Working in acrylics and oils, the artist balances Eastern and Western styles of painting. Born in China, he trained there before coming to Canada in 2005. By incorporating the open manner of making art in the West, he constructs a hybrid that combines the best of both worlds. With their vibrant color palette and varying textures, his paintings build upon a strong underlying sense of balance and harmony to make a statement that echoes his influences, yet remains unique and highly personal. The artist lives and works in British Columbia.
Exhibition Dates: January 21, 2017 – February 10, 2017
Reception: Thursday January 26, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York
Jian Jun An | Robert Ellison | David Gista | Roger DiCamillo | Ellen Burnett | Gabriele Golissa | Andrew Glass
About the Exhibition
The Possibilities of "Emerging Visions"
Opening this January, Emerging Visions is a lively group exhibition that offers fresh takes on small details and technical practices. This exhibition includes seven exceedingly thoughtful artists who work with a variety of media in innovative ways. There is the artist who assembles his pieces from recovered panels painted by other people. Is he a sculptor or a painter? There is the artist who mixes traditional flat media with found objects. Is she a collagist, sculptor, painter, or something else? These artists are interdisciplinary chameleons dedicated to their craft and loath to adhere to any rules.
Among the work on display are four approaches to landscape: an exploration of the countryside with attention to texture, a creation of water using strips of color and wide perspectives, a selection of photographs that present the sky as a living thing, and an architect's vision of real-world buildings with a dreamy flair. There is abstraction created from minimalist layering of color as well as a wildly eclectic marriage of objects and lines. Rounding out the exhibition's impressive range is an acrylic portraitist who conjures faces out of undulating, free-form lines.
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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.