Pat Gastreich's "Primordial Females" at Agora Gallery

Top Quote Chelsea's Agora Gallery will feature the figurative paintings of Cincinnati artist, Pat Gastreich in Figuratively Speaking. The exhibition is scheduled to run from January 17, 2012 through February 7, 2012 (opening reception: Thursday, January 19, 2012). End Quote
  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) January 16, 2012 - Women of insight and strength populate the paintings of Pat Gastreich, commanding our instant attention. Her lively palette is dominated by a saturated red and cobalt, gently brushed and spattered onto the canvas. Sinewy lines dictate the female form, alternately lounging, standing, or staring back intently into our eyes. The struggle between control and release is a constant narrative in the works. There is a powerful presence felt but not seen, a personal emotive discourse that each figure seems to be working through. "Women struggle with control," she explains. "Learning to surrender control stops the internal discourse to bring harmony peace and acceptance." Likewise, the juxtaposition of unruly paint and elegant lines brings home this theme; the addition of charcoal to the acrylic paint provides the distinctive edges of each figure. She has a wonderful sense of color and form which come together to create a stunning body of work.

    Pat Gastreich has exhibited her paintings frequently across the United States, and they are held in numerous private collections. She lives and works in Cincinnati.

    Exhibition Dates: January 17, 2012 - February 7, 2012
    Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    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:

    Agora Gallery dives into the New Year with three exhibitions which explore the rich potential revealed through the creative power of art. Figuratively Speaking investigates the varying sources of inspiration that motivate and direct artists in their imaginative process. Combining a reflection on the most esoteric levels of experience with an understanding of the innately physical nature of the world, these works display a sensitive and emotive comprehension of what it means to be human. The art in Portal to Enigma looks to the hidden secrets and mysteries that help to define existence as we know it, approaching these intriguing topics from a variety of intelligent and innovative perspectives. The result is appealing, thought-provoking and ultimately represents a call to alter the way we view the world and each other. The artists of Degrees of Abstraction concentrate on encapsulating the essence of what they see and sharing their unique viewpoint with their audience. Focusing on form, shape and color in their determination to portray their personal vision, they achieve the ability to construct their message in universal terms as well. The exhibitions will open on January 17, 2012 and run until February 7, 2012. The opening reception will take place on Thursday January 19, 2012 at 6-8 PM. Entrance is free and all art enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.

    Featured Artists:

    Figuratively Speaking
    Jim Cobb | Nancy De Boni | Lane M. Duncan | Pat Gastreich | Eliza Gomez | Gwen Graham | Patrick Mason | Coco Mobuli | Trevin Prince | Shyamala Rao | Mark Salevitz | Carmen Sotuela

    Degrees of Abstraction

    Sevega Adriano | Lawrence R. Armstrong | Brigitte Balbinot | Christian Bundegaard | Carmen Egea | Yuri Elperin | Ivana Kosanovic | Deva Lei | Marianna Merler | Marjolijn Oude Vrielink | Andreas Strobel

    Portal to Enigma

    Mauricio Cadavid | Roula Chreim | Rodolfo Cuesta | Jacques Desgagnés | Debra Fitzsimmons | Ignacio Hábrika | Kiko Sobrino | Jesús Uclés | Zae Ulrich | Aleksandra Vavilova

    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. Gallery II, an elegant adjacent gallery space, gives artists the ideal area for a solo or group exhibition of their own, organized and publicized by Agora Gallery. 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 international talented artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is also the 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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