View the Beautiful Paintings of Meral Akyuz in Portal to Enigma at Agora Gallery

| July 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature New Jersey artist, Meral Akyuz, in Portal to Enigma. The exhibition is scheduled to run from July 23, 2010 through August 13, 2010 (opening reception: Thursday, August 05, 2010).
The exquisite, moody encaustic and mixed media compositions of Meral Akyuz emerge from a series of contrasts and conflicts to convey a sensuous, seductive melancholy. Based in New Jersey, where she grew up in an Italian-Turkish family, her stripped, near-abstract compositions simultaneously express very personal hardships and speak to universal struggles against isolation. Layering materials – thread, paper, ink, paint – in her carefully textured compositions, she creates the impression of grids and organic forms struggling to define themselves against an all-enveloping force that threatens to annihilate difference.
Most of her paintings are dominated by a gritty off-white hue that harbors pockets of color, generally browns, blues and fleeting shades of pink and red. Whether painting cityscapes, interiors, still lifes or portraits, she conveys a sense of memories half-remembered and evocative views glimpsed for mere seconds. Akyuz writes that her pieces represent “a visual struggle between the physical beauty of the piece and the ugliness in the concept,” resulting in a mood of beautiful sadness.
Exhibition Dates: July 23, 2010 – August 13, 2010
Reception: Thursday, August 05, 2010, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. – 6 p.m.
Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/ArtistInvite/meral_akyuz.aspx

In a language as timeless as expression itself, the artists collected in Portal to Enigma speak to our innermost spirits. In a voice, sometimes raw and caustic while other times refined, we find fascinating forms and verdant colors rich with symbolism and beauty. Instinctive by design, these powerful yet meditative tableaus arise from deep within each artist, allowing for personal interpretations from each viewer.

Featured Artists:
Meral Akyuz, Bonaventura Anson, Hamza Bounoua, Virgi Dall’Aglio, Jeff Jackson, Tyice Natasha, Igor Eugen Prokop, Amitabh SenGupta

About Agora Gallery
Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea art district that was established in 1984 and is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. At the end of 2009, Agora Gallery opened its doors to a new exhibition space. This beautifully designed and spacious new gallery will showcase artists and their work in a significant solo exhibition environment. The gallery also publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of internationally talented emerging and mid-level artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is also the sponsor of Art-Mine.com, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art from emerging, mid-level and well-established artists. Most recently, the gallery launched http://agoraartgalleryblog.com, a blog designed to provide helpful information and advice for artists while providing a forum for artists to help one another by sharing their experiences and thoughts.

Contact:
Lee Eagle
Public Relations
Agora Gallery
Lee@agora-gallery.com

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