For Sara De Luca, owner of the Amagansett gallery Ille Arts, a portrait is more than a pretty face.
Agyness, London, Billy Sullivan, 2009.
Art doesn’t exist in a vacuum, according to Sara De Luca, owner of the gallery Ille Arts in Amagansett, and neither do the people who are often its subject. They have environments—physical, social, intellectual—and context, and her carefully curated shows reflect this.
From August 6 to 24, De Luca will present “Portraits,” an exhibition of paintings and photographs by six artists—Jack Ceglic, Ken Collins, Anh Duong, Joe Gaffney, Melora Griffis, and Billy Sullivan—in her bright, new 14,000-square-foot space. The works are meant to “broaden the concept of portraiture,” she explains.
“Posed or candid, the images in the show are more about human interactions and perceptions than they are about formal sittings.” De Luca moved to Amagansett in 2011 and almost immediately opened an art gallery whose exhibitions regularly combine her architecture background with her biology studies.
“My approach is classical,” she says. “I show works that have both aesthetic and political impact and that people would want to hang on their walls.” Art, De Luca adds, is meant to be democratic. “For me, buying and selling art is not something left to the very wealthy.
The appreciation of artworks supersedes the financial possibility of the customer.” Ille Arts will continue to explore the subject of human beings in both natural and man-made environments throughout the season. 171 Main St., Amagansett, 905-9894