Glasgow Artist Lucy O'Donovan Takes on the Big Apple

Top Quote Chelsea's Agora Gallery will feature the creations of Glasgow-based artist, Lucy O'Donovan in Portals of Perception. End Quote
  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) January 09, 2013 - It shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that the Liverpool-born, Glasgow-based artist Lucy O'Donovan is also trained as a molecular biologist: her paintings of nudes, portraits, and anatomy studies suggest an incredible level of familiarity with the human form and its inner workings. What is most striking about her thickly layered oil compositions, however, is not their scientific rigor, but their incredibly affecting emotional resonance. Her subjects are all people she knows well, affording a level of comfort reflected in their unguarded poses and beautiful yet unembellished features.

    O'Donovan cites as formative influences Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Jenny Saville, fellow British artists specializing in portrayals of the human form, but her work remains distinct and original. Whether honing in on the translucent pallor of a nude torso or arresting the gaze of her audience with her sitters' enormous and intense eyes, O'Donovan's gently stylized brand of figurative painting imparts a great degree of sensitivity and intellectual complexity to her subjects. Viewers are simultaneously disarmed and engaged by the frank, communicative tone that characterizes these canvases.

    Exhibition Dates: January 16, 2013 - February 5, 2013
    Reception: Thursday, January 17, 2013, 6-8 pm
    Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
    Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.
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    About the Exhibition
    If you're looking for something to brighten up the winter days and start your year on a positive note, Agora Gallery's January exhibitions are for you. The Substance of Abstraction gifts its audience with an inspiring new perspective, bringing out the mystery and attraction of the aspects of life and the world that are so often overlooked. With a beguiling charm, these artworks gently persuade you to embrace what you see - and to see the best of what is there.

    Joyful, lively and possessed of an appealing sense of fun, the works in Portals of Perception engage fully in both personal and shared experience, reflecting everything that is most intriguing and exciting. A perfectly poised impression of harmony pervades throughout, combining diverse themes and forms to make a wonderful, balanced whole. The exhibitions will open on January 16, 2013 and run until February 5, 2013 (opening reception: Thursday, January 17, 2013).

    Featured Artists:
    The Substance of Abstraction
    Bibbi Ahrnstedt (Glass Artist) | VBadia | Ed Branson | Sebastian Heynig | Aivars Kisnics | Marie Marx | Paula Matthiesen | Jill Mollenhauer | Marcel Renaud | Marie Schlederer | Jose Antonio Serbia | Sherry Sweet Tewell
    Portals of Perception
    Debra Branitz | Alex Carr | Amparo de Florez | Claire Denarie Soffietti | Isabelle Gardelle | Donna Howard | Alan Jacobson | Tricia Kaman | Olivia Kapoor | Gary E. Koeppel | Vasiliy Kuznetsov | Josie Lowerson | Thomas Maes | Sloane Merrick | Lucy O'Donovan | Lyn Olsen | Lora Raskina | Tina Wendon

    About Agora Gallery
    Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery, established in 1984 and located in the heart of New York City's Chelsea art galleries district. It 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. Exhibitions are usually group exhibits, presenting the work of a number of artists, but sometimes solo exhibitions focus on the work of one particular artist. The gallery 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 international talented artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is the proud sponsor of ARTmine, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art. The gallery also runs Agora Art Blog, 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.

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