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Jeffrey Reed

Doonfeeny Studies

January 10 – February 3, 2024

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Belmullet  6" x 5"  Gouache

Belmullet

6" x 5"

Gouache

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Breaking Sky  11" x 12"  Oil On Canvas

Breaking Sky

11" x 12"

Oil On Canvas

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Clearing Rain  6" x 7"  Gouache

Clearing Rain

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Cut Fields  6" x 7"  Gouache

Cut Fields

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Deer Island (SOLD)  6" x 5.5"  Ink Wash

Deer Island (SOLD)

6" x 5.5"

Ink Wash

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Dingle  6" x 7"  Gouache

Dingle

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Donegal  6" x 7"  Gouache

Donegal (SOLD)

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Donegal Light  8" x 16"  Oil On Canvas

Donegal Light (SOLD)

8" x 16"

Oil On Canvas

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Doonfeeny Evening  6" x 7"  Gouache

Doonfeeny Evening (SOLD)

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Doonfeeny Fog  6" x 7"  Gouache

Doonfeeny Fog

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Doonfeeny Hill  5.5" x 6"  Gouache

Doonfeeny Hill (SOLD)

5.5" x 6"

Gouache

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Evening Light, Fields  4.5" x 8"  Gouache

Evening Light, Fields (SOLD)

4.5" x 8"

Gouache

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Last Cloud  10" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Last Cloud 

10" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

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Low Cloud  6" x 7"  Gouache

Low Cloud

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Out Buildings  6" x 7"  Gouache

Out Buildings (SOLD)

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Portacloy  5.5" x 6"  Gouache

Portacloy

6" x 5.5"

Gouache

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River Bend  5" x 10"  Gouache

River Bend

5" x 10"

Gouache

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Soft Hill  4.5" x 8"  Gouache

Soft Hill

4.5" x 8"

Gouache

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Stonington House  6" x 6"  Gouache

Stonington House (SOLD)

6" x 6"

Gouache

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Stonington Houses  6" x 7"  Ink Wash

Stonington Houses (SOLD)

6" x 7"

Ink Wash

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The Glen  5" x 6"  Gouache

The Glen

5" x 6"

Gouache

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Village Back  5" x 5"  Ink Wash

Village Back

5" x 5"

Ink Wash

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Wycke Green House  14" x 12"  Oil On Canvas

Wycke Greenhouse (SOLD)

14" x 12"

Oil On Canvas

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Yellow Evening  6" x 7"  Gouache

Yellow Evening

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Yellow Hill  6" x 7"  Gouache

Yellow Hill

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Belmullet  6" x 5"  Gouache

Belmullet

6" x 5"

Gouache

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Breaking Sky  11" x 12"  Oil On Canvas

Breaking Sky

11" x 12"

Oil On Canvas

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Clearing Rain  6" x 7"  Gouache

Clearing Rain

6" x 7"

Gouache

Cut Fields  6" x 7"  Gouache

Cut Fields

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Deer Island (SOLD)  6" x 5.5"  Ink Wash

Deer Island (SOLD)

6" x 5.5"

Ink Wash

Dingle  6" x 7"  Gouache

Dingle

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Donegal  6" x 7"  Gouache

Donegal (SOLD)

6" x 7"

Gouache

Donegal Light  8" x 16"  Oil On Canvas

Donegal Light (SOLD)

8" x 16"

Oil On Canvas

Doonfeeny Evening  6" x 7"  Gouache

Doonfeeny Evening (SOLD)

6" x 7"

Gouache

Doonfeeny Fog  6" x 7"  Gouache

Doonfeeny Fog

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Doonfeeny Hill  5.5" x 6"  Gouache

Doonfeeny Hill (SOLD)

5.5" x 6"

Gouache

Evening Light, Fields  4.5" x 8"  Gouache

Evening Light, Fields (SOLD)

4.5" x 8"

Gouache

Last Cloud  10" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Last Cloud 

10" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

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Low Cloud  6" x 7"  Gouache

Low Cloud

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Out Buildings  6" x 7"  Gouache

Out Buildings (SOLD)

6" x 7"

Gouache

Portacloy  5.5" x 6"  Gouache

Portacloy

6" x 5.5"

Gouache

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River Bend  5" x 10"  Gouache

River Bend

5" x 10"

Gouache

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Soft Hill  4.5" x 8"  Gouache

Soft Hill

4.5" x 8"

Gouache

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Stonington House  6" x 6"  Gouache

Stonington House (SOLD)

6" x 6"

Gouache

Stonington Houses  6" x 7"  Ink Wash

Stonington Houses (SOLD)

6" x 7"

Ink Wash

The Glen  5" x 6"  Gouache

The Glen

5" x 6"

Gouache

Village Back  5" x 5"  Ink Wash

Village Back

5" x 5"

Ink Wash

Wycke Green House  14" x 12"  Oil On Canvas

Wycke Greenhouse (SOLD)

14" x 12"

Oil On Canvas

Yellow Evening  6" x 7"  Gouache

Yellow Evening

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Yellow Hill  6" x 7"  Gouache

Yellow Hill

6" x 7"

Gouache

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Jeffrey Reed - Doonfeeny Studies - Exhibitions - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Doonfeeny Evening, 6" x 7", Gouache

In Doonfeeny Studies, Jeffrey Reed narrates a scenic adventure through the emerald countryside of western Ireland. With twenty-five new works in gouache, ink and oil, Reed captures the lush green hills, quaint rural buildings, and the romance of the light and weather throughout the days of his annual residency with the Ballinglen Arts Foundation. His signature small substrates suggest the scale of vintage photographic snapshots, while his sensitive details and skillful brushwork reflect the experiential depth of physical immersion in the beauty of a moment.

Ireland, with its trickling streams, golden hour glows and quaint, verdant villages, is captivatingly beautiful. Reed’s works are tiny windows into these trans-Atlantic environments, whose subjects reflect the gaze of a knowledgeable guest. In Ireland, Reed explores the Doonfeeny Civil Parish in County Mayo, toting his bike, paints, and tiny brushes. While some pieces are finished on location, he typically produces 20-30 small paintings during each month-long trip. Upon returning to his Philadelphia studio, he refines these works, blending the spontaneity of plein air painting with a deliberate, strategic approach to his compositions. This practice allows him to balance the immediacy of his field documentation with thoughtful reflection on his experiences.

Reed’s paintings transcend the detached perspective of the camera, infusing each scene with a tangible sense of life and specificity. He deftly captures the essence of Ireland, from the moisture in the air to the angle of the seasonal sun, rendering the familiar with a fresh sense of discovery. Although Reed is deeply familiar with his subject matter, he still finds a way to convey the novelty and subtleties of its character. His works not only maintain a strong sense of place, but also celebrate the mystical and natural allure of Ireland.

Jeffrey Reed received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, studied at the Skowhegan School of Art, and received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. He has received numerous awards, including a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and has exhibited widely in the US and abroad. Each summer since 2000 he has returned to the Western coast of Ireland to paint and teach at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Reed has been represented by Gross McCleaf for nearly 41 years, and has shown his paintings in Philadelphia, New York, throughout the East Coast, and in Ireland. He lives in Pennsylvania where he is an Associate Professor at the Community College of Philadelphia.

Jeffrey Reed - Doonfeeny Studies - Exhibitions - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Wycke Green House, 14" x 12", Oil On Canvas

January 11 - February 3, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 13, 1 - 4 pm