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Nobuko Saji: Revealing nature’s simplicity and complexity

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Nobuko Saji in Breaking with Realism. The exhibition opens September 2, 2017 and runs through September 22,  2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 7 from 6-8 pm.

For Nobuko Saji, making art is a meditative experience. In her painting, she connects with the spirit of the physical world. “I harvest my creative power from nature,” she says, and in her hands nature’s rhythms and motifs are transformed into strong yet subtle graphic patterns. The circle, in particular, is dominant in her work. She notes that the circle’s power is central to Japanese art and Zen spirit, representing the principles of minimalism and an underlying sense of simplicity. Those qualities are reflected in her images, in which even the slightest shifts in color, form and texture can reveal a variety of meanings.

While simplicity is at the heart of Saji’s style, her methods of realizing that simplicity are varied and many. In her mixed media paintings, materials such as plaster, gels, acrylics and oil paint are combined. Such a mix of mediums and textures results in works with a vital and complex physical presence. By combining physicality with the sense of the spiritual, the artist presents us with a distinctive body of work. Born in Japan, Saji lives and works in the United States.


Exhibition Dates: Sept. 2  – Sept. 22, 2017

Reception: Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Gallery Location: 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY

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Featured Artists:

Herluck Antoine Blémur  |  Patricia Brintle  |  Heesu Choi  |  Joan Criscione  |  Noelle Kristine  |  Georges de Groot  |  Iftah Geva  |  Nancy Landauer  |  Rina Lazar  |  Maciej Marecki  |  Claudia Mayer-Mallenau  |  Marco Mendoza  |  Vandana Nittoor  |  Alex Osborne  |  Philippe Thélin  |  Nobuko Saji  |  Sydnei SmithJordan  |  Marc Tremblay


About the Exhibition

Breaking with Realism

Breaking with Realism is a group exhibition that explores 18 artists’ respective insights on themes of spirituality, humanity, and the natural world. Through a variety of mediums, the exhibition considers how dynamic arrangements of color, texture, lineScience Articles, and composition can impact the visceral nature of the human experience.

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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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