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Agora Gallery
Contemporary fine art gallery established 1984 and located in the New York Chelsea art district. Art consulting services to private and corporate art collectors. The public is invited to the gallery art openings receptions. Artist portfolios are reviewed. The sponsor of the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition.


Artist Statement

Mary Seymour grew up in Zimbabwe. After training as a High School Art teacher, she pursued further art education in Canada at the University of Windsor, Ontario receiving a B.F.A. (Hons.).

"As an immigrant ," she says, "I am keenly aware of the vast population of displaced people in our world today. Some have left home voluntarily , others leave because of unviable economic and political circumstances. I have a particular interest in the meanings of home and homelessness, the world of the exile and the emigre...."

Seymour graduated with an M.F.A. from Norwich University, Vermont, USA in 1999. As a figurative painter, interested in representing everyday life, her paintings range from depictions of contemporary family life to broader social commentary.

"My paintings often counter tradition by concentrating attention on the poor and the vulnerable," she says.

A member of both the Ontario Society of Artists (1998) and the Society of Canadian Artists (1999), she has received several awards. These include the Lifetime Member's Award, O.S.A.124th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Toronto (1998); Honourable Mention, S.C.A., Annual Member's Juried Show, Toronto (2000) and Honourable Mention, Best Painting Award, 37th Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (Juried) Toronto (1998), Ontario. Additionally, one of her paintings, "Encounter", was selected for the juried exhibit entitled OSA 2000: Representations held at the Lieutenant-Governor's Suite, Queen's Park, Toronto.

Mary Seymour has exhibited in Canada, the United States and in Zimbabwe.font>


She accepts individual and group portrait commissions .

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