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Taikyu Lim: Paintings of the Middle Way

  • NYC, New York
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  • July 07, 2018

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Taikyu Lim, Middle Way I, Oil on Canvas, 40'' x 30''
Taikyu Lim, Middle Way II, Oil on Canvas, 48'' x 36''

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Taikyu Lim in The Figure and Unknown Places. The exhibition opens July 7, 2018 and runs through July 27,  2018 with an opening reception on Thursday, July 12 from 6-8 pm. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend.

About the Artist

Inspired by meditation and traditional Japanese aesthetics, Taikyu Lim’s oil paintings are representations of the Middle Way (中道), conceived as a spiritual state free from distressing extremes. Indeed, before applying each layer of paint, Lim engages in prolonged meditation, where he visualizes the spiritual state he will portray. In his own words, “once paints are being applied...the painting becomes livelier and more fluid process – I splash, drip, and pour paints repeatedly for hours and days.” The offshoot of this methodology is a series of natural, organic forms, colored by pigments that have slowly dried onto the canvas over a period of days.

The painting Middle Way I is duly illustrative of this process. Having a flower-like appearance reminiscent of Georgia O'Keeffe, the painting showcases the layered application of pigments through which it was formed. Allowing viewers to slow down and re-experience the actual time Lim spent on the work, Middle Way I enables viewers to discover their own subjectivity harmoniously reflected in the painting’s surface.

Exhibition Dates: July 7 - July 27, 2018

Reception: Thursday July 12, 2018 6-8 PM

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11:00am – 6:00pm

Gallery Location: 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY

Event URL: https://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Taikyu_Lim.aspx

Featured Artists:

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Monica Adams | Francis Annan Affotey | Yu He | Angela Blattner | Ilaria Castagnacci | Boguslawa Czarnecka | Fiorenza D'Orazi | Jutta Ebeling-Dehnhard | Ashraf Elsharif | Marco Henrie | Ketan Kelkar | Gunter Langer | Pino Lavecchia | Taikyu Lim | Susan Marx | Andreas Meer | Mireille Pizzo | Mileidy Plata | J.H. Rebelato | Linda Rosen | Marliese Scheller | Christine Stettner | Richard Tomlin | Gonzalo Urrea Correa | Germán Valles Fernández | Hugo Ximello-Salido

About the Exhibition

The Figure and Unknown Places is an exhibition featuring twenty-six international painters and photographers exploring the connections between humans and the world we inhabit. Working between landscape painting and portraiture, the artists included reassess traditions and convey unique perspectives on timeless themes. Utilizing diverse visual languages, these artists provide fresh insight on engrained understandings of culture and nature, man and animal.

Taikyu Lim, Middle Way III, Oil on Canvas, 24'' x 18''

About Agora Gallery

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. The art gallery’s expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization’s specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.


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