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Richard Stuttle Presents the Art of Extreme Sports at Agora Gallery
Richard Stuttle is a contemporary artist whose philosophy is to paint what he knows, love and have first-hand experience of.
About the Artist
British painter Richard Stuttle isolates the intense, fleeting beauty of extreme sports in superbly crisp, spectacular and often-vertiginous oil compositions. From pristine slopes in the French Alps, where he spends winters painting and snowboarding, to gritty city streets where he follows skateboarders and parkour practitioners, Stuttle alternates between nearly photographic hyperrealism and a vividly lit and stylized aesthetic evocative of Expressionist woodblock prints. Both approaches suggest passionate reverence for athletes. When meticulously detailed, his paintings pay tribute to the perfected physical and mental conditioning of contemporary athletes in a manner similar to classical Greek sculpture. In the comparatively more dramatic urban scenes, the silhouetted sportsmen become mysterious creatures more akin to superheroes.
In both cases, Stuttle foregrounds the sublime rush of sports like skiing and surfing, transferring their surge of adrenaline to gripping tableaux. Figures are perfectly composed yet simultaneously on the verge of losing control. Stuttle focuses our attention on his sharply rendered athletes, beacons of poise amidst blurred landscapes tumbling off into the distance.
Exhibition Dates: June 4, 2011 – June 25, 2011
Reception: Thursday, June 9, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.
Event URL: http://www.agora-
About the Exhibition:
United in Art displays the works of talented fine artists from the UK. The audience will be enthralled by this confident and expressive art which manages to combine a sense of stability with a lively, dynamic tone. In Portal to Enigma, we are invited to ponder the beguiling wonder of the world through art that expresses both an appreciation of beauty and a challenging desire to see beyond it. The Substance of Abstraction shows the artwork of artists who have used their own personal experiences to create evocative abstract expressions which speak directly to the emotions of the viewer.
The Substance of Abstraction:
Portal to Enigma: Mihai Bara, Yeji Jun, Susan Marx, Kelly Sellers, Elio Talon, VéroniKaH, Jeong-Han Yun
United in Art: Fine Art from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales: Wendy Hyde, Jane Robbins, Clive Rowe, Richard Stuttle, Zoran Tosic
About Agora Gallery
Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery, established in 1984 and located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea art galleries district. It is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. Gallery II, an elegant adjacent gallery space, gives artists the ideal area for a solo or group exhibition of their own, organized and publicized by Agora Gallery. The gallery also publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of international talented artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is also the sponsor of ARTmine, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art. The gallery also runs Agora Art Blog, a blog designed to provide helpful information and advice for artists while providing a forum for artists to help one another by sharing their experiences and thoughts.