Beyond Borders

9 — 29 Oct 2015 at Agora Gallery in New York, United States

16 OCTOBER 2015
RenéeRose, Night Without Moon, Mixed Media on Wood, 24” x 36”, Courtesy of Agora Gallery
RenéeRose, Night Without Moon, Mixed Media on Wood, 24” x 36”, Courtesy of Agora Gallery

Bringing to New York a remarkable array of talent from our northern neighbors, Beyond Borders: an Exhibition of Fine Art from Canada showcases captivating sensations, contours, and configurations created from the original styles of artists from diverse backdrops. Contributing to the ever-growing international art scene, this collection includes stunning portraits, still lifes, landscapes, abstractions, and dreamscapes, each composition inciting its own heightening experience and broadening artistic tradition as we know it.

Carlo Alacchi’s paintings speak to a multi-layered existence; human forms meld into colored backdrops, and textural combinations embody nature’s densely layered, experienced life.

Canadian artist Peter W. Hart uses vivid, primary colors and thick brushstrokes to create textured and energetic paintings that resemble luminous stained glass windows.

Diane Langlois devotes herself to painting the remote regions of the world. Her paintings are not just compelling nature scenes, however — as Langlois explains, they capture the social, cultural, scientific and economic stresses placed on these fragile environments and ecosystems.

Andrée Levesque’s use of organic lines and generous, enveloping curves are vibrant and moving, unburdened by unnecessary details, and she vividly contrasts opposing colors and jerky movements to express the essence of spatial harmony.

Exploring the deep and intrinsic interconnectedness of all that is visible and not-so-visible, Paulette Cecile masterfully combines color, a strong sense of line, and a complex use of form to suggest that there is so much more to life than what meets the eye.

Trained in traditional Chinese watercolor painting since the age of eleven, Emma Szeyun Lo expands the principles and compositional language of Oriental watercolor while updating it with the application of new mediums and techniques.

Both the style of Métis French-Canadian artist RenéeRose’s works and the subjects portrayed embody a very musical energy, whether that energy manifests as appealing and inspirational in some works, or explosive and blazing in others.

“Visions of the mythic and the sacred appear as frequent leitmotifs in my art,” notes artist Robert R. Moss. “I am interested in the Aboriginal conception of maps as representations of a geographical forms but also metaphors for the spiritual journey.”

Within each painting, Julie Schapman seeks to bring the viewer on an adventure, to a place where they are able to see beyond the pretty picture to the subtexts, meanings, and great humor hidden within.

In the works of Mike Smalley, a strong emphasis on line gradually yields an integration of seemingly disconnected fragments and forms, resulting in a strong expressionistic vista that extends beyond pure abstraction into something more recognizable.

“I paint flowers because I love them, and because they offer either refuge… or an opportunity for celebration. Flowers exist without judgment,” notes artist Claire Sower.