Yozo Abe. Painting In Abandon

| March 19, 2015

Bright, confrontational, and enigmatic, the acrylic paintings of Japanese artist Yozo Abe are unmatched in verve. His painting style is chameleonic, with a style that varies with sophistication to match his message and subject matter.

Yozo Abe-Untitled 11

Yozo Abe-Untitled 11

Yozo Abe plays with line, texture, and light in turn. However, certain graphic elements remain constant across his body of work. Colors are always vivid; space is flattened; figures are representational, but exaggerated and sharpened; and the compositions are constructed so as to throw the viewer off balance. For every piece of information that is revealed about a scene, another is withheld. Energy jolts across the canvas, figures dance – much is apparently happening, but the viewer does not know why. Yozo Abe’s world is enjoyably opaque. He describes his process as “painting in abandon,” and invites viewers to come up with their own interpretations.

Yozo Abe was born in Aichi, Japan and has exhibited in his home country as well as Spain and the United States. He is a self-taught artist.

Exhibition Dates: March 31, 2015 – April 21, 2015
Reception: Thursday April 2, 2015, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York

Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Yozo_Abe.aspx

Featured artists:

Pulse of Abstraction

Gordon Davidson | Emma Lindström | Vibeke Lillefjære | Yozo Abe | Marlene Fisher | Valentina Bilbao | Lise Lykke | Maciej Zukowski | Massimo Nalin | Harald Puetz | Tim Tyler | Jake Beauchamp

About the Exhibition

The Beating Heart of Abstract Art in NYC

From soft tones to bright graphics, each work in The Pulse of Abstraction at Agora Gallery is sure to resonate with any viewer this March. Artists from across Europe, Japan, and the US come together to bring their varied heritage and influences to this spectacular show. Using a variety of methods and media, these artists have created works that warp and pull reality to express the core emotions and pulse of life. Their impeccable and variegated use of color and energy covers the spectrum of the beating heart that is the contemporary abstract art scene.

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