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The Neoprimitivist Images of Heesu Choi

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Heesu Choi 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.

The work of Korean artist Heesu Choi brings an entirely new perspective to classic primitivism, infusing it with a fresh vitality, passion, and intensity. The style of Choi is called neoprimitivism, an art school that focuses on the depiction of the most pure, innermost world of the human soul. Forms are abstract rather than realistic, colors are intense, and lines and geometrical shapes are intricately woven into memorable compositions. The result is images that are stunning in their execution and speak to the deeper truths of our human existence in this world.

Overall, in each of his pieces, Choi seeks to evolve messages of the soul out of unrealistic forms, provoking in the viewer expansion of imagination and an entirely new way of perceiving the world. As Choi explains, “It is not a visual representation of a thing or realistic expression but a private expression that aims to find a message of God…and to return to the source of life through the center of human history [via] a primitive image.”

Heesu Choi currently lives, works, and teaches in Hwaseong City, Korea.


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, lineFree Reprint 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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