Robert Ellison: Revealing the essence of experience
NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Lisburn artist Robert Ellison 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 Robert Ellison’s paintings, a subtle mixture of realism and abstraction yields powerful results. Working in oils and acrylics on canvas, he captures such things as a flower, a field of grass or a horse in motion in striking detail, but he highlights the texture of paint itself in equal measure. Mixing broad, thick strokes with sharp, intricate lines, he creates compositions that keep the viewer’s eye in constant motion. Whether he depicts an expansive outdoor vista or an intimate indoor space, he turns each painting into both a convincing depiction of the scene and a personal statement.
Ellison also employs a distinctive color palette in his works. Citing such masters as Van Gogh, Matisse and Chaim Soutine as influences, he takes the intense colors they use and gives them his own spin, softening their effects and using them to make each picture dynamic and vivid, while maintaining a deep sense of harmony and balance. This reflects the artist’s view of the world around him. “My objective as a painter,” he says, “is to express the essence of what I experience.”
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.