Stephen Najda: Persistence of Form


Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Edinburgh artist Stephen Najda in Persistence of Form. The exhibition opens on December 1st and will run until December 22nd, 2015.

The vibrant, highly emotive, abstract expressionist paintings of Scottish artist Stephen Najda are as fascinating as they are compelling. Each painting focuses on exploring the human form from multiple perspectives, where color, shape, line, texture, and brushstroke are used to create a powerful narrative in which the subjects morph from classical representation to abstraction and back again. A keen sense of composition and the careful placement of complementary and oppositional elements across the canvas create both harmony and tension, and convey poignant meanings in the most unexpected of places.

One of the most powerful aspects of Najda’s work lies in its abstract nature, which frees the artist to further penetrate the borderlands between imagination, consciousness, and abstraction of thought. As the artist himself explains: “With representational painting, you know what the outcome will be. In contrast, with abstract painting you have no idea of the end—that’s the adventure and freedom of it.”

Stephen Najda: Persistence of Form

Les Baigneurs (The Bathers) – Stephen Najda

In the exhibition Persistence of Form, fifteen artists paint, draw, and sculpt invigorating subjects that stand starkly against their backdrops. Drawing from different schools of art, from Pop to Cubism, to Futurism and more, these artists pick and depict their subjects with great care. Their deliberate techniques and fascinating representations draw the viewer in and force true contemplation on the stories behind these subjects.

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.

Featured artists include: Jieting Chen, Zoe Summer, Mark Salevitz, Esther Gracia Marques, Gabriel Landry, Lida Boonstra, JCK, Ron Robidoux, Stephen Najda, Esther Insa, Richard Page, MOZER, Helgi Gíslason, L.A. Cline and Arlette Zurbuchen.

Exhibition Dates: December 1-22, 2015

Reception: Thursday December 3, 2015, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York

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