Debra Fitzsimmons Reveals the Power of Choice at Agora Gallery

A Chicago native, Debra Fitzsimmons lives and works in Mundelein, Il. Fitzsimmons is a renowned educator and education consultant and her work is regularly included in noted juried exhibitions. On view at Agora Gallery from January 17, 2012 through F

Award-winning artist and educator Debra Fitzsimmons has a message that speaks through her remarkably expressive artwork. Using oil and mixed media, Fitzsimmons casts a spell on our attention, drawing us in with mysterious scenes of fractured faces and figures portending great significance. These powerful events and characters exist amongst a baroque surrealist landscape, as if the artist is weaving a modern mythology. Her paintings deal with social and political issues in an allegorical manner. Co-opting symbols is one of the important methods used to produce the defining narrative in each piece. Fitzsimmons employs iconic images of innocence, freedom, or wealth and then flips our preexisting ideas on their heads to create a new, foreboding, or even sinister response. Her compositions are fascinating and introspective, giving audiences pause as they decipher the complex meanings for themselves. We explore themes of individuality, motherhood, politics, and collective conscience. Her aim is to spur people "to think about social issues more systematically," she explains, "to consider repercussions of choices...with thoughtful, civil, discourse."

Debra Fitzsimmons lives in Mundelein, IL.

Exhibition Dates: January 17, 2012 - February 7, 2012
Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.
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About the Exhibition:

Agora Gallery dives into the New Year with three exhibitions which explore the rich potential revealed through the creative power of art. Figuratively Speaking investigates the varying sources of inspiration that motivate and direct artists in their imaginative process. Combining a reflection on the most esoteric levels of experience with an understanding of the innately physical nature of the world, these works display a sensitive and emotive comprehension of what it means to be human. The art in Portal to Enigma looks to the hidden secrets and mysteries that help to define existence as we know it, approaching these intriguing topics from a variety of intelligent and innovative perspectives. The result is appealing, thought-provoking and ultimately represents a call to alter the way we view the world and each other. The artists of Degrees of Abstraction concentrate on encapsulating the essence of what they see and sharing their unique viewpoint with their audience. Focusing on form, shape and color in their determination to portray their personal vision, they achieve the ability to construct their message in universal terms as well. The exhibitions will open on January 17, 2012 and run until February 7, 2012. The opening reception will take place on Thursday January 19, 2012 at 6-8 PM. Entrance is free and all art enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.

Featured Artists:

Figuratively Speaking
Jim Cobb | Nancy De Boni | Lane M. Duncan | Pat Gastreich | Eliza Gomez | Gwen Graham | Patrick Mason | Coco Mobuli | Trevin Prince | Shyamala Rao | Mark Salevitz | Carmen Sotuela

Degrees of Abstraction

Sevega Adriano | Lawrence R. Armstrong | Brigitte Balbinot | Christian Bundegaard | Carmen Egea | Yuri Elperin | Ivana Kosanovic | Deva Lei | Marianna Merler | Marjolijn Oude Vrielink | Andreas Strobel

Portal to Enigma

Mauricio Cadavid | Roula Chreim | Rodolfo Cuesta | Jacques Desgagnes | Debra Fitzsimmons | Ignacio Hábrika | Kiko Sobrino | Jesús Ucles | Zae Ulrich | Aleksandra Vavilova