NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Brooklyn artist Emmanelle Tournois in Realms of Figuration. The exhibition opens on September 16 and run until October 7, with an opening reception on September 18 to which all art lovers are invited.

About the Artist

“I believe it is more difficult to make people smile and dream,” says Emmanelle Tournois, “than to make them feel sad.” So it comes as little surprise that her paintings, done mostly in oils and spray paints, are infused with a playful sprit. Depicting subjects that range from jazz masters to present-day rappers, she combines an ability to capture the personalities of the musicians in her images with a style that moves them into a mythic realm. She places each figure in a space that translates an artistic signature into physical form, giving her images the status of icons.
In addition to her distinctive use of perspective and composition, Tournois also exhibits a strong eye for color. Contrasting shades create a dynamic sense of space, while softly muted tones combine in dreamlike backgrounds, making each image as much a study in pattern and texture as a portrait. “I am proud to be a self-taught person in the arts,” she says. “Nobody told me what to do, or not do.” That sense of freedom and individuality comes across powerfully in her work.

Featured Artists:

Lone Hedegaard  |  Raija Merilä  |  Patricia Olguín  |  Aaron C. Stone  |  Emmanuelle Tournois

About the Exhibition

In Realms of Figuration, talented artists explore real and imagined worlds through expert utilization of paint, sculpture and mixed media. Exploring humanity, culture, and media, each piece brings its own carefully crafted message to the fore. The viewer is encouraged to both enjoy the works aesthetically and ruminate over their deeper meanings, all the while appreciating the raw talent each artist clearly demonstrates in their unique and thoughtful approaches to art.

About Agora Gallery

Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The art gallery’s expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization’s specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.

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