Purumé Gallery Announces Inaugural Exhibition Renewal, 1/19 - 2/26/11. Artists’ reception on Wed, 2/2, 6-8 p.m.
Purumé Gallery Announces Renewal, Its Inaugural Exhibition
of Paintings and Printmaking
NEW YORK, NY (4 January 2011)– Purumé Gallery, located at 11 East 13th Street, is pleased to present Renewal, an exhibition of painting and printmaking that celebrates the infinite, cyclical nature of life, opening to the public on Wednesday, January 19, and running through Saturday, February 26, 2011. This exhibit will feature exquisite leaf prints by Jessica Baker, sensual graphite and acrylic paintings on paper by Ellen Chuse, and ephemeral “stain” paintings on canvas by Laura Lee-Georgescu. An artists’ reception is scheduled for Wednesday, February 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The gallery is open daily, 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Renewal encompasses the complementary viewpoints taken by these three talented, but very different artists. Baker uses leaves, branches and seeds that have fallen from trees to make prints on paper. Incorporating multiple plates and colors, along with carefully executed arrangements, Baker creates intricate, multi-layered images and patterns that transcend the singular identity of the individual leaf or seed. Ultimately, her aim is “to capture a moment in the growth and life cycle of a tree and to convey its transient beauty.” 
In many of her recent works, Chuse explores the notion of the ocean as the mother of us all, that life begins in water. In fact, Chuse says,  “Salty water surrounds us in utero, which is not so different from the experience of ocean creatures floating, carried along and nurtured in sacs and tide pools.” Her focus is on process, however, combining tactile drawing materials like graphite with her exploration of color through acrylic paint. Moving between representation and abstraction, her work explores landscape and the body in deeply personal ways.
Lee-Georgescu uses a technique evolved from watercolor application and a type of mono-printing with oil paint. These "stain paintings" on fabric, usually cotton, are both explorations of aerial landscapes and color studies evoking physical sensations. Ultimately, through this kind of landscape painting, Lee-Georgescu says she wants “the viewer to be aware of their place in nature and visually understand the environment they inhabit.” These works suggest the universal landscape in its infinite shapes and qualities.
Purumé Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of fine art which enhances gracious urban living and embodies the virtues of local and fresh. The gallery is a partnership of curator/artist, Ella Yang, and Purumé’s owner, Jae Yang (no relation, except possibly at the beginning of the ancestral Korean Yang line centuries ago). Their goal is to make visitors feel welcome in their spacious, casual, and airy environment, where the regularly changing artwork by local artists will inspire an on-going relationship with the gallery. For more information, please visit
Contact: Ella Yang
Phone: (917) 364-6166

Jessica Baker, Three Birch, Monotype print, 6” diameter, framed 14" square
Ellen Chuse, Goddess, graphite and acrylic on paper, 49"x35"
Laura Lee-Georgescu, High Altitude, Acrylic on cotton, 70" x 97"

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