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Electric Primitive hits New York City

Photo courtesy of agora-gallery.com. Painting by LeRoi C. Johnson.

blog by Emily Stoll  • 

Another example of Buffalo’s strong art community: LeRoi C. Johnson, an artist born and raised here, will be one of nine featured artists in “A Maze of Milieu,” an exhibition at Chelsea’s Agora Gallery in New York City.

The exhibition runs from July 26 to August 16 with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 28. The gallery is located at 530 West 25th St., New York City and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Leroi attended Canisius College and the University at Buffalo School of Architecture, though he never formally studied art. He became a notable Buffalo attorney and later moved his work to Washington D.C., where he found inspiration across the street from his office during lunches.

After a hiatus from 1976 to 1994, LeRoi began creating “more accomplished and stylized” art. He has shown work at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Buffalo and Erie County Art’s Council, Theodore Roosevelt House and Burchfield’s Joy Museum.

“Electric primitive,” a new style created by LeRoi, features a combination of bright fluorescent colors, primitive themes and traits of modernist and Cubist style. His paintings are mostly acrylic with a little oil and a boatload of energy. Through these works, LeRoi shares and comments on bits and pieces of his world with a surreal quality while keeping a firm base in religious context and his African American heritage. Join him in “…explor[ing] another plane, where everyday experience is rendered extraordinary.”

“A Maze of Milieu” features pieces that communicate with and provide commentary on the artists’ world. The exhibition will show LeRoi’s work alongside that of Sevega Adriano, Akram Azmi, Wayne Croner, Tamara Dimitroff, Ben Feldshuh, Teri Levine, JC Morgan and Rumen Sazdov.

The Agora Gallery was established to help artists attempting to enter the New York City art market. The late Miki Stiles founded it with the intent to advance artists’ careers by improving their artist biographies through exhibitions.

For more information, visit Chelsea’s Agora Gallery’s website or LeRoi’s website.

TAGGED: artists, electric primitive, gallery exhibit, leroi johnson, new york city

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  1. creed July 04, 2011 @ 7:57pm

    I do think that this is the brother of Rick James

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