Ognyan Kostov Kolev: Sacred Icons

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  • September 17, 2019

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Ognyan Kostov Kolev, The Island of the Seagulls, Acrylic & Gold on Canvas, 20'' x 27.5''

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Ognyan Kostov Kolev in Fall Equinox. The exhibition opens September 19 and runs through October 8, 2019 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 19 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

 

Bulgarian artist Ognyan Kostov Kolev’s tradition-bound process depicts his visions of the Biblical iconography he was raised with. Varnishing in gold leaf he details the contours of each halo adorning every angelic figure with individual rays. A labor intensive process, stemming from the Byzantine era, he prepares the canvas accordingly and applies multiple glazes to achieve a translucency, giving depth to the painted surface. This complicated technique grants the viewer with a sense of the ethereal atmosphere these icons occupy.

 

Discovering these figures in his grandmother’s missal, his interest began when he was very young. Since then, his curiosity lead him to study the technique of egg and tempera paint on wood. His practice extends to still life and portraiture, where he uses a similar process, which is apparent through his use of light and shadow, an element that remains consistent throughout the works. The expressive faces and shaping of bodies illustrated through the figures, whether they be God-like or animal, give character and animate life within the stillness of the scene. Ranging from pastoral imagery to urban cityscapes within a single image, he updates the style to suit the narrative life of contemporary society.

 

Exhibition Dates: September 17 – October 8, 2019

Reception: Thursday, September 19, 2019 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/exhibition/Fall_9_17_2019-Artist-Ognyan_Kostov_Kolev.aspx

 

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.

Agora Gallery
530 West 25th St, Chelsea
New York, New York
olga@agora-gallery.com
212.226.4151 ext. 202
http://www.agora-gallery.com/
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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