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Spirituality in Portraiture: Paintings by Vandana Nitoor

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Vandana Nittoor 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 painter Vandana Nittoor, art is a means of defining her place in the world while discovering the world within her.

Growing up in Bangalore, India, her childhood and early adult years were spent in a culturally rich setting with demanding traditions, and a strong emphasis was placed on conformity. She chose to re-examine these values and grow beyond their constraints in order to provide voice and expression to the artist within. It was through the process of self-discovery, enabled by mindfulness-based meditation, that such evolution has been possible. Just like a meditation session, Nittoor’s oil paintings are primarily done in one sitting.

Nittoor seeks to capture the spirituality of her subjects by expressing their inner lives. Rather than focus on outward appearance, she sees the subject’s consciousness as a web of interwoven thoughts and feelings that have a story to tell. Her paintings are accompanied by texts in which Nittoor describes her encounters with her subjects, along with her interpretations of their inner dialogue.  It is the combination of pen, brush, and Nittoor’s native talent as a storyteller that distinguishes her work. Also, Nittoor’s experiences as a cultural outsider drives her curiosity in selecting subjects from as wide a cultural spectrum as possible.   

Nittoor lives in New Jersey for more than two decades.


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, lineBusiness Management 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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