Carrying the Women of Islam: The Paintings of Gulay Yuksel in NYC

Top Quote Chelsea's Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Turkish artist Gülay Yüksel in Forms and Formalities. Agora Gallery opens its doors for public viewing of this exhibition on April 1st with a reception on Thursday April 7, from 6pm to 8pm. Admission is free. End Quote
  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) March 11, 2016 - Born in Istanbul, Turkish artist Gülay Yüksel currently works from her studio in Ankara, Turkey. Her oil paintings linger at the crossroads of figurative work and abstraction, depicting women in gorgeous tones, among which blues and oranges predominate. Trained in art history and fine art teaching at Eskişehir Anadolu University, Yüksel soon found herself questioning the role of women in an Islamic society. She believes that each woman is provided with a rich inner world that may be accessed through introspection. "When you look from the outside you may see one woman," she says, "but that woman, whoever she is, carries more women inside."

    Yüksel describes her paintings as "psychological." Her recent work is heavily influenced by Dr. Robert Plutchik, whose Wheel of Emotions provided the basis for each painting. Plutchik presented eight primary emotions from which a wider spectrum emerged, creating the psychological equivalent of color theory. While psychology drives her work, Yüksel is also fascinated by the physical act of painting. "For me," she says, "painting is a game that is played within its own internal discipline."

    Exhibition Dates: April 1, 2016 - April 21, 2016
    Reception: Thursday April 7, 2016, 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:
    Forms and Formalities
    Amber Rhyanne Bayham | Darla Rewers | Joan Criscione | Linda Roffel | Mobarick Abdullah III | John-Paul Zarba | Gülay Yüksel | Deanna Fligg | Noel Ortiz | Daniela Friederike Lüers | Isabel Conde Marín | Caro Ward | Fariba Baghi | Julie Warren Conn | Edmonde Bizelli | Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell | Jean Lahoud | Leilani | Stivi

    About the Exhibition
    Forms and Formalities: A New Exhibition at Agora Gallery
    Artists of all walks of life come together in the exhibition Forms and Formalities to express their inner visions, personal stories, and hopes and dreams for the future. Ranging from the highly representational to the highly abstract, the works on display encompass a great collection of exciting colors and motions. With an expert hand, these artists exercise their talents with intoxicating results. As clear subjects emerge from a haze of abstraction and emotion, we explore what we can see in art, how we come to these interpretations, and why we identify with them.

    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. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.

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