The original work of two gifted French artists Henri Gueguen and Joëlle Kem Lika will be on display at Agora Gallery, NYC. The exhibition is scheduled to run from October 29, 2013 through November 19, 2013.  The opening reception will be held on Thursday night, November 7, 2013 from 6-8 pm.Entrance is free and all art lovers are encouraged to attend, enjoy and meet some of the artists whose works make up this delightful show. 

About Henri Gueguen

In his art, French artist Henri Gueguen seeks to forge new ground in terms of visual structure, textural consistency, and diversity of materials. Working in a variety of media (from lacquer paint to ballpoint pens), Gueguen captures his subjects both in two dimensional and three dimensional contexts, masterfully combining rich colors, bold lines, a strong sense of light, and rhythmic compositions to create a distinct and original art form.

A central theme in Gueguen’s work is the “tall, slim lady,” both elegant and dynamic, which was inspired by his memories of his bigoudène grandmother wearing her traditional headdress. In his art, he likewise seeks to honor women of the twentieth century, both through portraitures of recognizable celebrities and in his more general celebrations of the joy and harmony of the female form. Above all, Gueguen’s passion reverberates through his paintings, bringing a depth of meaning and significance to each image. As he explains, “Painting is my effervescence, my creativity spilling over into physical form. Through my art, I share the emotion of my passion.”

About Joëlle Kem Lika

French artist Joëlle Kem Lika takes her inspiration from nature, especially flowers and seascapes, though she turns such imagery into virtually Abstract Expressionist compositions bursting with gestural swaths of bold colors and brilliant plays of light. She cites the importance of the Buddhist concept of the "Pulse of Life" in her practice and, indeed, her works positively pulse with energy, whether in fiery and explosive canvases dominated by reds and yellows, or the evocative blues and greens of her water scenes and skyscapes.

Working quickly and vigorously, Kem Lika applies her saturated acrylic paints in layers, so that subtle shadings and contrasting tones emerge beneath the bold, dominant hues. The thick brushstrokes give momentum and direction to the most abstract pieces, while also lending a textured, practically sculptural element to the works. Her imagery ranges from precise and detailed figuration to pure abstraction, but the tension and energy present across this rich variety of paintings remain constant. Kem Lika invests each piece with incredible vitality and an irrepressible pulse.

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