Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of French artist, Sylvie Vermandel. The opening reception will be held on Thursday night, September 20, 2012 from 6-8 pm
About the Artist
The oil paintings of French artist Sylvie Vermandel, which the artist refers to as ‘jewel paintings,’ are simultaneously representational and symbolic, reflective of the beautiful natural world that surrounds us as well as the spirituality and light that underscores everything we experience. Rather than using a palette, Vermandel mixes her colors directly on the canvas in thin layers, creating varying contrasts so that the observer is able to attain new perspectives on the painting. She adds an entirely new dimension of light and texture by incorporating such elements as crystals, gold leaf and silver sequins into each piece. What results is a harmony of color, tone and light that celebrates the artist’s great love for Mother Earth and is designed to bring out the positive side of life through symbolic language. Likewise, Vermandel’s art is greatly influenced by principles of Feng Shui, of which she is a practitioner. As she explains, “I integrate the harmony of nature, the colors and materials of the five elements… For in nature, all is linked, everything transforms, nothing dies.”
Sylvie Vermandel currently lives and works in Corsica, France.
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.