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Ann Lofquist

A Return Home

October 6 - 30, 2021

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April Snow  24.75" x 70.75"  Oil On Canvas

April Snow

24.75" x 70.75"

Oil On Canvas

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Bend In The Creek  26.25" x 63"  Oil On Canvas

Bend In The Creek

26.25" x 63"

Oil On Canvas

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Big Oak, October  24" x 36.5"  Oil On Canvas

Big Oak, October (HOLD)

24" x 36.5"

Oil On Canvas

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Bray I  7.75" x 16.875"  Oil On Panel

Bray I

7.75" x 16.875"

Oil On Panel

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Bray II  7" x 14"  Oil On Panel

Bray II

7" x 14"

Oil On Panel

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Cold Morning, Swover Creek  30" x 54"  Oil On Canvas

Cold Morning, Swover Creek (SOLD)

30" x 54"

Oil On Canvas

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Ice Over Snow  23" x 64"  Oil On Canvas

Ice Over Snow

23" x 64"

Oil On Canvas

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Kerr's Creek  7" x 18.75"  Oil On Panel

Kerr's Creek (SOLD)

7" x 18.75"

Oil On Panel

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Last Light, Swover Creek  20.25" x 60"  Oil On Canvas

Last Light, Swover Creek (SOLD)

20.25" x 60"

Oil On Canvas

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Ledges In The Stream  24.25 x 46.5"  Oil On Canvas

Ledges In The Stream

24.25 x 46.5"

Oil On Canvas

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November Fog  24" x 62"  Oil On Canvas

November Fog

24" x 62"

Oil On Canvas

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Stony Creek  27.25" x 60"  Oil On Canvas

Stony Creek

27.25" x 60"

Oil On Canvas

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Swoope Snow I  6.75" x 15.5"  Oil On Panel

Swoope Snow I

6.75" x 15.5"

Oil On Panel

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Swoope Snow II  7.75" x 16.75"  Oil On Panel

Swoope Snow II

7.75" x 16.75"

Oil On Panel

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Swoope Fall I  8" x 20.25"  Oil On Panel

Swoope Fall I

8" x 20.25"

Oil On Panel

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Swover Creek I  8.75" x 12.5"  Oil On Panel

Swover Creek I (SOLD)

8.75" x 12.5"

Oil On Panel

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Swover Creek II   8" x 12.5"  Oil On Panel

Swover Creek II 

8" x 12.5"

Oil On Panel

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Swover Snow I  8.875" x 12.25"  Oil On Panel

Swover Snow I (SOLD)

8.875" x 12.25"

Oil On Panel

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Swover Snow II  7.75" x 14.25"  Oil On Panel

Swover Snow II (SOLD)

7.75" x 14.25"

Oil On Panel

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Vermont Late October  5" x 17.75"  Oil On Panel

Vermont, Late October

5" x 17.75"

Oil On Panel

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April Snow  24.75" x 70.75"  Oil On Canvas

April Snow

24.75" x 70.75"

Oil On Canvas

Bend In The Creek  26.25" x 63"  Oil On Canvas

Bend In The Creek

26.25" x 63"

Oil On Canvas

Big Oak, October  24" x 36.5"  Oil On Canvas

Big Oak, October (HOLD)

24" x 36.5"

Oil On Canvas

Bray I  7.75" x 16.875"  Oil On Panel

Bray I

7.75" x 16.875"

Oil On Panel

Bray II  7" x 14"  Oil On Panel

Bray II

7" x 14"

Oil On Panel

Cold Morning, Swover Creek  30" x 54"  Oil On Canvas

Cold Morning, Swover Creek (SOLD)

30" x 54"

Oil On Canvas

Ice Over Snow  23" x 64"  Oil On Canvas

Ice Over Snow

23" x 64"

Oil On Canvas

Kerr's Creek  7" x 18.75"  Oil On Panel

Kerr's Creek (SOLD)

7" x 18.75"

Oil On Panel

Last Light, Swover Creek  20.25" x 60"  Oil On Canvas

Last Light, Swover Creek (SOLD)

20.25" x 60"

Oil On Canvas

Ledges In The Stream  24.25 x 46.5"  Oil On Canvas

Ledges In The Stream

24.25 x 46.5"

Oil On Canvas

November Fog  24" x 62"  Oil On Canvas

November Fog

24" x 62"

Oil On Canvas

Stony Creek  27.25" x 60"  Oil On Canvas

Stony Creek

27.25" x 60"

Oil On Canvas

Swoope Snow I  6.75" x 15.5"  Oil On Panel

Swoope Snow I

6.75" x 15.5"

Oil On Panel

Swoope Snow II  7.75" x 16.75"  Oil On Panel

Swoope Snow II

7.75" x 16.75"

Oil On Panel

Swoope Fall I  8" x 20.25"  Oil On Panel

Swoope Fall I

8" x 20.25"

Oil On Panel

Swover Creek I  8.75" x 12.5"  Oil On Panel

Swover Creek I (SOLD)

8.75" x 12.5"

Oil On Panel

Swover Creek II   8" x 12.5"  Oil On Panel

Swover Creek II 

8" x 12.5"

Oil On Panel

Swover Snow I  8.875" x 12.25"  Oil On Panel

Swover Snow I (SOLD)

8.875" x 12.25"

Oil On Panel

Swover Snow II  7.75" x 14.25"  Oil On Panel

Swover Snow II (SOLD)

7.75" x 14.25"

Oil On Panel

Vermont Late October  5" x 17.75"  Oil On Panel

Vermont, Late October

5" x 17.75"

Oil On Panel

“I think of plein air paintings as having the ‘freshness of youth’ while studio paintings can have a more mature kind of beauty born from slow consideration..."

- Ann Lofquist

Swover Creek I, 8.75" x 12.5", Oil On Panel

Gross McCleaf is pleased to present A Return Home, the first solo exhibition by painter Ann Lofquist since her recent move back to the East Coast. After twelve years in California, Lofquist again embraces her love of the landscape specific to New England and the Shenandoah Valley. Featuring both small panel paintings and large canvases, this exhibit examines the challenges of landscape painting in the hands of a master.

Beginning her exploration with small en plein air paintings, Lofquist finds locations that speak to her and offer a range of opportunities for subject and composition, often inviting multiple visits during different times of day and seasons. The task then becomes one of unconscious data-processing as the artist faithfully attempts to capture observations of light, space, and form.

 

(Image Left: Swover Creek I, 8.75" x 12.5", Oil On Panel)

Artist Statement 2

Swover Snow I, 8.875" x 12.25", Oil On Panel

Back in the studio, Lofquist creates her large canvases from memories and information derived from her plein air paintings. Here, she concentrates on mood, composition, and the meticulous application of paint, not seeking to duplicate the practice of being and working outdoors, but to create a new and unique experience for the viewer. In these studio canvases, Lofquist’s depiction of nature is serene and timeless with an integration of raw beauty and man-made domestication. Figures and animals occasionally appear and white-painted farmhouses allude to the inhabitants within. Lofquist says, “I think of plein air paintings as having the ‘freshness of youth’ while studio paintings can have a more mature kind of beauty born from slow consideration….’data’ (the information acquired through direct observation) is filtered through my personal sieve of experience and emotions and resembles more a depiction of a memory of place. When I get it right, I hope people seeing my work experience a ‘shock of recognition’ of a real memory in their own lives, and that my paintings might enrich their future perceptions. I considered it the highest compliment when a friend told me, ‘the light last evening made me feel like I was inside one of your paintings.’”

Vermont Late October (Detail), 5" x 17.75", Oil On Panel

Vermont, Late October (Detail), 5" x 17.75", Oil On Panel

Lofquist received her BFA from Washington University in Saint Louis and her MFA from Indiana University. Her work has been shown in Philadelphia, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Portland, ME. She has received many fellowships and awards and was included in a major review of contemporary American landscape painters, The Artist and the American Landscape, by John Driscoll. This will be her second solo exhibition at Gross McCleaf.  Lofquist currently resides in western Massachusetts. 

Big Oak, October, 24" x 36.5", Oil On Canvas

Big Oak, October, 24" x 36.5", Oil On Canvas