AFA of SoHo presents "Phantasmagoria," an exhibition of 32 new oil paintings on paper and canvas by French artist Anne Bachelier. The artist will be a guest of honor at a reception to be held at the gallery on September 21, from 6-8PM. She will also autograph copies of her illustrated books: 13 plus 1 by Edgar Allan Poe, The Phantom of the Opera and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on September 22, from 2-4pm.

The art of Anne Bachelier depicts a mystical, enigmatic and esoteric world populated by intriguing figures. Surreal, curious and fantastic characters and other chimerical creatures portray a timeless realm of flamboyant fantasies. Bachelier's paintings are richly textured and often embellished with silver or gold leaf, ink and layers of paint that utilize a rich spectrum of hot colors frequently set in stark contrasts.

Anne Bachelier was born in Louvigne du Desert, France. She studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, La Seyne-Sur-Mer between 1966 and 1970. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Europe and North America and a fine art monograph, with over 400 full-color reproductions, was released in 2001. Widely accepted as a master of line and detail, Bachelier draws the viewer into beautifully rendered narratives that are at once challenging, vivid, playful and light. Easy to live with but never boring, her paintings are enthusiastic sought out by collectors worldwide. Anne Bachelier lives and works in Allevard, France. This is the artist's first solo exhibition with AFA.

At AFA, we are inspired by wildly imaginative artwork that indulges the senses and engages the emotions with layers of symbolism and dark complexity. We exhibit paintings, drawings and sculptures created by extraordinary established and emerging artists who are highly skilled and have a unique vision.