Gross McCleaf Gallery
127 S Sixteenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Current Exhibitions

David Ahlsted, Jersey Shore #15




David Ahlsted
Jersey Shore Variations

May 4 - 25, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 5 - 7 pm

David Ahlsted, Jersey Shore #15, Oil on canvas, 28 x 28 inches  


David Ahlsted paints figures with their feet in the sand - standing, walking, sitting, gazing, and sunning - watching the ebb and flow of the water upon the shoreline. These are places where the introspective, experiential, and existential meet and the sky, sand, and sea converge. Reflections of the sky are captured in the momentarily still water as everything that is moving - the figures, the sky, and the sea, hold still just for a moment.

Ahlsted's paintings celebrate the individuals and the families that share the primal experience of gathering at the ocean's edge. He explores solitude, reflections, and generations sharing a common experience. These works ask us to forget the noise and clamor of the day and return to the timeless sounds of waves on the sand.

David Ahlsted is known for his paintings of the Jersey Shore, industrial landscapes, and large scale still-life works. The artist studied at Minneapolis College of Art and received his MFA from Indiana University. He is a Professor Emeritus of Art at Stockton University where his four commissioned murals grace the Grand Hall of the University's Campus Center. His paintings are included in over 100 prominent public and corporate art collections. This is Ahlsted's fourth solo exhibition with Gross McCleaf Gallery.


Deborah Kahn, The Procession




Deborah Kahn
Still and Still Moving

May 4 - 25, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 5 - 7 pm

Deborah Kahn, The Procession, Oil on canvas, 38 x 36 inches  


This is what I want from my paintings - that they appear as physical masses that are still and still moving. - Deborah Kahn

Deborah Kahn's paintings are constructed but the final result is not predetermined. One form suggests another and the whole evolves incrementally from its discrete parts. Each element is, or could be, part of another adjacent one as boundaries are suggested but are not fixed or static. The overall atmosphere achieved through continuity of color shifts and overlapping connected shapes is one of unity and wholeness.

Over a lifetime of painting, Kahn has slowly developed a personal iconography which remains universal and approachable in its intimacy. Viewers find unique figures and animals, but their purpose and location in space remain enigmatic. Her paintings have a dreamlike quality where rational rules do not hold firm yet everything makes sense in its constructed reality. The simplification of the forms, spatial construction, and the texture of the paint surfaces evoke Early Renaissance fresco paintings evoking feelings of both the ancient and the immediate. By overlapping contradictory and harmonious forms, Kahn allows the viewer's conscious and unconscious mind to roam unfettered between abstraction and illusionism and to find personal meaning from the content.

Kahn studied at Boston University and the Kansas City Art Institute before receiving her MFA from Yale University. She is an Associate Professor Emerita at American University in Washington, DC and also taught at Dartmouth College, Yale University and the New York Studio School. Kahn has exhibited widely in the United States and also in Japan. She was a past recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.