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Sandra Nitchie: Giving Iconic Figures An Added Level Of Meaning

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

A subtle interplay between standard portraiture and Mexican folk art can be seen in the paintings made by Sandra Nitchie. Working in acrylics and oils on canvas, Nitchie creates works that capture the iconic nature of her subjects (Marilyn, Elvis, Princess Diana, etc.) while also turning them into images that reflect Mexico’s culture. In each painting, the subject is seen wearing the “La Catrina” mask associated with the Day of the Dead celebrations. The bright colors and ornate patterns of those masks at times incorporate aspects of the subject’s personality, but they also serve to tie each image to a sense of tradition and history.

Nitchie also sees her work as an investigation into the nature of identity. “The tension created between the famous face and the mask may evoke deeper questions about who we really are,” she says. With a clear sense of line and composition as well as a keen eye for the expressive possibilities of color, the artist makes her investigation a multi-layered, challenging experience. Nitchie lives and works in her own gallery in Buercias, a town on Mexico’s Pacific coast.


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:

Persistence of Form

Raul Mariaca Dalence  |  Marina Sutter  |  Sandra Nitchie  |  Josie Mengai  |  Christian Barbosa


About the Exhibition

Persistence of Form

Agora Gallery showcases new perspectives on realism this spring with Persistence of Form. A highly specialized group exhibition, Persistence of Form brings together representational artists working in oil, pastel, spray paint, watercolor, and acrylic. Though they vary widely in subject matter and approach, every participant is thoughtful and focused in rendering form, down to the small details. However, unlike many traditionally realistic works, these pieces are spirited, unexpected, and thoroughly modern. This exhibition highlights an area of the contemporary art scene that is often overlooked by both the public and many art institutions.

Only a handful of artists were chosen to participate in Persistence of Form. There is a landscape artist who conjures images of the environment that manage to be both incredibly accurate and utterly fantastic visions of paradise. There are two portraitists: one who depicts faces at close range with hyperrealism, and one who employs the full-length body as a vehicle for emotional expression. There is the artist who interrogates famous figures using their recognizable formsArticle Submission, and the artist who captures little moments of everyday life in saturated colors.

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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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