Johanna Wray Creates Vibrant Yet Tranquil Landscapes

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NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Johanna Wray in Unbound Perspectives. The exhibition opens June 10, 2017 and runs through June 30,  2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, June 15 from 6-8 pm. 


The landscape paintings of Johanna Wray balance serenity with bold color,Guest Posting capturing moments in the artist’s travels and life. These calming compositions possess a compelling sense of tranquility that draws viewers into Wray's world. To achieve this unique effect, Wray preps her canvases with a layer of vibrant, red-orange ground, which gives her work a sense of depth and animation. You might be able to spot this base layer peeking through the paint in some of her pieces. A professional artist for nearly 25 years, Wray is well-versed in many mediums and styles, but gravitates towards the vivid colors seen in her landscapes. She doesn't just produce landscapes, however, but also enjoys collage, with a focus on pop culture and aspects of movement and dance.  Wray is currently working on a series of "Selfie-Portraits" showing interesting elements of composition created by cell phone users.

Wray was born in the Netherlands but moved to Alberta at a young age, where she eventually studied art at the University of Calgary. She currently lives and works in Canada as an art educator.


Exhibition Dates: June 10, 2017  – June 30, 2017

Reception: Thursday, June 15,2017, 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:

Unbound Perspectives

Stephen Najda  |  Johanna Wray  |  Maribel Matthews  |  Saskia Weishut-Snapper  |  Ken Wada  |  Vinod More  |  Gita Levy  |  Alexander Adam  |  Shifra  |  Jolanta Talaikiene  |  Josefina Wendel Carlsson  |  Claudia C Forero  |  Carmen Félix


About the Exhibition

Unbound Perspectives

Unbound Perspectives, a group exhibition that spans new painting, photography, drawing, and even wood, opens this June at Agora Gallery. The show puts Japanese experiments with abstract textures in ink next to Mexican hyperrealistic oil portraits of real-life figures. There are fantastical manipulations of the female body in wood from Armenia and Indian contemplations of the infinite in acrylic. Side by side, the pieces challenge us to figure out what they have in common as much as they ask us how they are different. When artwork of this kind of range is presented altogether, an image of the state of contemporary art begins to emerge. Unbound Perspectives is essential viewing for anyone looking for a true survey of contemporary art that is far-reaching yet discerning.

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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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