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

David Brewster, Rogue Wave

David Brewster
Rogue Waves

October 3 - 26, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, October 5, 5 - 7 pm

David Brewster, Rogue Wave, 32 x 47 inches, Oil on Mi-Teintes  


I have known David Brewster since his first Fellowship at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation in 1994. Throughout the ensuing 24 years one aspect of his life as a working artist has been a constant: ceaseless energy. He is compelled to paint, fueled in part by his passion for paint itself and every possible means for its manipulation. Painting for David is total engagement extending as far as physically recomposing elements from chosen locations to extend and achieve the goal of each work. To look seriously at David's work is to see into the actions of this painter's mind - a compelling reward every time.

Margo Dolan. Co-founder of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation


David Brewster is a painter who approaches his subject matter with passion. Using unconventional tools - often the side of his hand and commercial foam paint rollers - Brewster attacks the painting surface with a visceral intensity. Despite the energy of his mark-making and his exuberant use of color, Brewster's attachment to observation is never lost.


There is a sense of exploration that is inherent in all of David Brewster's painting; a distinctly American sense of journey and discovery. The artist is serious about his belief that painting can have a profound impact on how the viewer understands and relates to the physical and social world. Issues such as the impact of man-made intrusion on the environment and topics like race, gender, and politics are of concern to the artist, but Brewster wants to have us experience the warnings and lessons through the mechanism of his painterly process, not through a narrative or didactic approach.


David Brewster attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Leo Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, and received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. The artist currently lives in Vermont and has been represented in Philadelphia by Gross McCleaf Gallery since 1992.






Matt Klos
Tom Walton
Sophie White

October 3 - 26, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, October 5, 5 - 7 pm



Matt Klos, Tom Walton, and Sophie White create paintings which are only possible through the thoughtful and close examination of the world around them. Unlike unbiased inquiries where one attempts to be an impartial observer, these artists allow their thoughts, feelings, and emotions to guide and direct their re-presentation of the real places, objects, and people in their lives. Collaborating with the naturally occurring and the deliberately selected, these artists make subtle but significant choices in how they communicate what they observe with their viewers. The obvious subject fades away and the underlying interests, choices, mood, and meanings begin to surface. The slow time these artist spend in examining and engaging the world is distilled for the rest of us on the surface of the painting. Through it we are invited to give our own corresponding time and consideration.


Calling attention to the structural in the ordinary, Matt Klos's compositions emphasize the compositions one cultivates in his casual domestic spaces. Klos presents views which acknowledge the fiction of the canvas while still being fully invested in depiction of a recognizable utilitarian space. By emphasizing his compositional decisions, his illusions are acknowledged and then quickly accepted as the viewers become a willing audience instead of the deceived.


Tom Walton brings a rigor and curiosity to his paintings composed of arrangements of objects and posing models. Through his scrutiny of external appearances and his interpretation of spatial relationships, he creates room and space to capture the psychological themes that underlie his choices. The recording and accumulation of his individual marks add up to reveal deeper meanings which only reveal themselves through the passage of time.


Sophie White intensely connects to the places she paints. Her subjects are not casually selected picturesque vistas but are rather highly considered choices which carry an emotional significance to her as she relates to her city-environment. The internal affection and connections to her subjects surpass their superficial appearances and are revealed in her paint handling.


Matt Klos attended the University of Maryland, College Park for his MFA and the Columbus College of Art & Design for his BFA. Tom Walton was a student of Carlo Pittore before earning his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and then later his MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sophie White studied at The Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY earning her BFA. She completed her MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2017.