It may seem like summer is here to stay, but fall is on its way – and at Agora Gallery we’re celebrating with a solo exhibition by the talented Vanida Amiot. In The Persistence of Color: Vanida Amiot / a Solo Exhibition visitors can immerse themselves in the gentle but persuasive lilt of her beguiling works, finding a steady connection to the natural world as well as the profound influence of a deep understanding of human nature and the role of humanity in our world. The exhibition opens on September 10, 2013 and runs until October 1, 2013. The opening reception will take place on the evening of Thursday, September 12. Entrance is free and art lovers are warmly invited to attend and enjoy this attractive start to the new season.
Vanida Amiot was born in Pondicherry, India, but adopted at the age of three by a French family. The result is that her life has been consistently influenced by the love she feels for both of the cultures with which she grew up – both French and Indian – and that these two different sources of inspiration have each had their own impact on her life and her art. The combination, and her own individual response to it, has meant that each piece of work incorporates aspects from one, the other, or both cultures, while developing a unique style and atmosphere that is all its own.
Perhaps partly because of her understanding of the way it is possible for a person to be a true part of more than one culture, Amiot has always refused to characterize her art according to any particular style or movement. She is influenced by Realism, Surrealism, Fauvism, Cubism and Pop art, interested and inspired by their various elements, but never allows herself to be swept away by any one of them. Rather, she avoids any such limitation, listening for her own voice and following a path that only she can see, to create her delightful artworks.
Amiot is also passionate about Greek mythology, and the ancient myths of heroic mortals and powerful immortals continue to exert their own fascination for her as she brings that enthusiasm to transfer the compelling force of those stories to her art. This approach gives her work an almost timeless sense, as if she has created something that transcends the here and now to reach a level at which all things are possible, and all experiences shared.
This impression is increased by the awareness that the artist is often inspired by dreams and the representations of the unconscious. In some ways, she says, she simply lets the paint show her how a painting should develop, opening herself up to the moment and pouring her experience of it into the work. This means that her art is also based in the fleeting present, setting up a subtle paradox which speaks to the nature of life as we live it – both firmly rooted in time and yet out of it, through our memories, thoughts and feelings.
Exhibition dates: September 10, 2013 – October 1, 2013
Reception: Thursday, September 12, 2013 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.