Vers la Lumiere: Paul M. Cote / Solo Exhibition

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  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) April 01, 2011 - Chelsea's Agora Gallery is proud to announce the return of Paul M. Cote in Vers la Lumière, a Solo Exhibition. Scheduled to run from April 19, 2011 through May 10, 2011, the collection will display Paul's beautiful textures.

    Paul M. Cote's sculptural paintings portray universes in states of perpetual expansion. Not only are his canvases and compositions constantly growing in size - recent series have reached twelve feet in width - but one also gets the sense that the materials are about to explode off the canvas. Each piece is thickly layered with acrylics and often embedded with objects like stones, masks, pieces of metal and shards of broken glass. This rich variety of surfaces grounds the stellar compositions in earthly textures, a reminder that whatever the subject of an individual piece, Cote's works are very much of this world.

    The Rhode Island born-and-based artist considers his works to be sculptures as much as paintings, and begins each piece very intuitively, dripping bold paints onto his canvas - some compositions evoke Jackson Pollock while others, with more symmetric patterns, are reminiscent of Damien Hirst's spin paintings. Cote flirts with figuration, at times manipulating his copious quantities of acrylics to suggest planetary formations and other geometric forms evocative of outer space. Elsewhere he relies on the inherent tensions between his materials to give abstract compositions an additional element of surprise and mystery. In some works objects like carnivalesque masks, marbles or metal plates lurk beneath thickly dripped acrylics, emerging much to the surprise of the lingering viewer. Cote stages such encounters masterfully by layering paints and objects in varying ways that accentuate their sculptural features. Each spectacular acrylic topography is a world unto itself.

    Paul M. Cote's work may be seen on

    Exhibition Dates: April 19, 2011 - May 10, 2011
    Reception: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 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 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 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.

    Lee Eagle
    Public Relations
    Agora Gallery
    Lee ( @ ) agora-gallery dot com

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