George Washington’s ArtReach Community Gallery Presents Simone Agoussoye I Know You See Me

By Editorial Team on October 19, 2021
Courtesy of George Washington’s ArtReach Community Gallery.
On view through November 26

In a stunning exhibition entitled, I Know You See Me, DC-based fine artist Simone Agoussoye will display her full catalogue of works created during the COVID-19 pandemic. This body of work is a thought provoking commentary on beauty and the visibility of those whom the world often wants to be invisible.  Hosted by George Washington’s ArtReach Community Gallery, the exhibition will be on view October 6 – November 26, 2021. The opening reception of the exhibition is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 15th from 5 pm to 8 pm ET

I Know You See Me is about seeing and living life as a Black woman which sometimes is difficult to understand and hard to explain. Through my paintings, I am exposing the identities of Black women of all ages and all backgrounds and exploring how the media often depicts them, while also providing a new perspective by shining a light on their beauty and strength. With the use of acrylic and oil paints, I paint black women on black backgrounds – almost invisible – hoping to grab a few extra minutes from the viewer to look beyond the first glance, to stop and ask themselves who, what and why? During this time of contemplation, one can truly see the beauty of the piece and look beyond the struggle of black women living in today’s society – that of existing, but often being overlooked and ignored, despite being visible and impactful.

Born in DC, raised in Maryland and having spent years of her adulthood in DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV), Agoussoye is a true product of the DMV area. Agoussoye fell in love with art as a young child, and through the years followed that passion to awards, decoration and a flourishing career in art and design. Her qualifications include a degree with the Art Institute of Washington, a residency with BET artist-in-residence program (AIR), a summer long feature as part of the Phillips Collection’s 2021 Inside Out, Upside Down exhibit, as well as Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum’s Socially Distant Art: Creativity in Lockdown, and a host of other events over the past four years.

Born in DC, raised in Maryland and having spent years of her adulthood in DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV), Agoussoye is a true product of the DMV area. Agoussoye fell in love with art as a young child, and through the years followed that passion to awards, decoration and a flourishing career in art and design. Her qualifications include a degree with the Art Institute of Washington, a residency with BET artist-in-residence program (AIR), a summer long feature as part of the Phillips Collection’s 2021 Inside Out, Upside Down exhibit, as well as Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum’s Socially Distant Art: Creativity in Lockdown, and a host of other events over the past four years.

About Simone Agoussoye

Washington, DC born artist, Simone Agoussoye, has been honing her skills in portrait artistry for the past several years. Known for her creative depictions of people, Simone blends her traditional skill in portraiture with fresh, unique and unconventional techniques transforming her from a realistic fine artist to more of a contemporary artist.  For more information on Simone and her art, visit www.simoneagoussoye.com

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