Bowery Gallery is proud to present large, painterly,  narrative compositions by Younghee Choi Martin: a modern take on Aeschylus’s Oresteia Trilogy.  The show runs Oct 30 – November 24, 2018.


Electra at the Well  2018  oil on linen 34” x 59”

Through a massive play of shape and color, Younghee Choi Martin’s highly worked surfaces address both the density and the fresh, lyric expressiveness of the ancient dramas.


Signal Fire 2017  oil on canvas  48” x 60”

There is a reductive, modernist integration of the figure and landscape in these works. The specific scenes are generalized to the point of abstraction and then pulled firmly back into the grand Poussineque tradition (from Reuben’s Flemish landscapes, to Cezanne’s Bathers, with a serious nod to Eilshemius).

Through the continual development of the paint, the surface, the composition, and the texture, the narrative is never lost. It breathes through the layers to slowly release a pictorial structure and a lyric dimension.


Orestes as Wanderer  2018  oil on canvas  48” x 72”

In “Orestes as Wanderer” (48” x 72”), the weather, the light, and the landscape are painterly manifestations of the energy of the conflicting sanctions of the gods which propel Orestes onwards to his act of revenge. The paint itself drives the narrative which  finds its tragic force in a no-win situation for the protagonist, and in the imposition of the wills of the Gods over humanity that both deforms and uplifts. It is this simultaneity that Martin’s painting captures; it is at the edge of abstraction and representation.


Orestes at the Tomb of Agamemnon 2017 oil on linen 48” x 36”

In “Orestes at the Tomb of Agamemnon” (48” x 36”), Martin starts from the pictorial convention of showing this scene as a poetic embodiment of the contemplation of grief as a state of being and she upends it, contemporizes it, through the independent movement of paint across the surface to express the discontinuity we all feel, the nostalgia we now have for being able to experience loss and grief in its fullest expression while living in our world of now; of relentless change, speed, and energy.


Dawn, After the Night of Storms 2016 oil on canvas 30” x 40”

In this very engaging body of works  Younghee Choi Martin reveals Aeschylus’s Oresteia Trilogy through a contemporary vision.  To learn more,  click on this link: Oresteia.  or this link: Ancient literature.


Chorus of Furies 2017 oil on linen 61” x 75”


Since the late 1970’s, Younghee Choi Martin has lived and worked in Chelsea, where she was one of the earliest artists to establish a painting studio. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she has been awarded painting fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NY CAPS program. Her works have been exhibited in New York and throughout the United States, Korea, Japan, France.  Over  80 of her paintings and drawings are in collections and museums in the United States, Korea, Japan, and India.





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For more information: 

Bowery Gallery (646) 230-6655

Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat, 11 – 6

530 West 25th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001





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