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Michael Gallagher

Infinition

April 2022

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Another Blue World (Twenty-Four Hour Aquarium), 32" x 42"

Another Blue World (Twenty-Four Hour Aquarium)

32" x 42"

Acrylic On Canvas On Panel

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Black Flower, Hyperdrive, 8.5" x 11.5"

Black Flower, Hyperdrive

8.5" x 11.5"

Acrylic On Panel

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Black Swan At Night, 37" x 36"

Black Swan At Night

37" x 36"

Acrylic On Canvas On Panel

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Blue Nocturne (SOLD), 47" x 42"

Blue Nocturne (SOLD)

47" x 42"

Acrylic And Chalk On Paper Mounted To Panel

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Bouquet (SOLD), 24" x 20

Bouquet (SOLD)

24" x 20

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Flock (SOLD), 10.75" x 9"

Flock (SOLD)

10.75" x 9"

Oil On Panel

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Go Fish 2, 24" x 32"

Go Fish 2

24" x 32"

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Tabletop Still Life With Tits and Peonies (After Hokusai), 51.5" x 46"

Tabletop Still Life With Tits and Peonies (After Hokusai)

51.5" x 46"

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Nested, 16.75" x 19"

Nested

16.75" x 19"

Oil On Panel

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Nested 2 (Raft), 15.5" x 15.25"

Nested 2 (Raft)

15.5" x 15.25"

Oil On Panel

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Night Fishing 1, 32" x 40"

Night Fishing 1

32" x 40"

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Night Fishing 2, 32" x 40"

Night Fishing 2

32" x 40"

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Orange Hill (24 Hour Aviarium), 74" 95.5"

Orange Hill (24 Hour Aviarium)

74" 95.5"

Acrylic On Linen On Panel

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Precipice With Sun And Moon (Duck-Rabbit), 24" x 32"

Precipice With Sun And Moon (Duck-Rabbit)

24" x 32"

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Studio 1, 65" Diameter

Studio 1

65" Diameter

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Studio 2 , 46" x 54.75"

Studio 2 

46" x 54.75"

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Studio 3 (Skull Flower Duo Palette), 25.75" x 29"

Studio 3 (Skull Flower Duo Palette)

25.75" x 29"

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Trans-Continental (SOLD), 7 7/8" x 10 5/8"

Trans-Continental (SOLD)

7 7/8" x 10 5/8"

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Another Blue World (Twenty-Four Hour Aquarium), 32" x 42"

Another Blue World (Twenty-Four Hour Aquarium)

32" x 42"

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Black Flower, Hyperdrive, 8.5" x 11.5"

Black Flower, Hyperdrive

8.5" x 11.5"

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Black Swan At Night, 37" x 36"

Black Swan At Night

37" x 36"

Acrylic On Canvas On Panel

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Blue Nocturne (SOLD), 47" x 42"

Blue Nocturne (SOLD)

47" x 42"

Acrylic And Chalk On Paper Mounted To Panel

Bouquet (SOLD), 24" x 20

Bouquet (SOLD)

24" x 20

Acrylic On Canvas On Panel

Flock (SOLD), 10.75" x 9"

Flock (SOLD)

10.75" x 9"

Oil On Panel

Go Fish 2, 24" x 32"

Go Fish 2

24" x 32"

Acrylic On Canvas On Panel

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Tabletop Still Life With Tits and Peonies (After Hokusai), 51.5" x 46"

Tabletop Still Life With Tits and Peonies (After Hokusai)

51.5" x 46"

Acrylic On Canvas On Panel

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Nested, 16.75" x 19"

Nested

16.75" x 19"

Oil On Panel

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Nested 2 (Raft), 15.5" x 15.25"

Nested 2 (Raft)

15.5" x 15.25"

Oil On Panel

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Night Fishing 1, 32" x 40"

Night Fishing 1

32" x 40"

Acrylic On Panel

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Night Fishing 2, 32" x 40"

Night Fishing 2

32" x 40"

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Orange Hill (24 Hour Aviarium), 74" 95.5"

Orange Hill (24 Hour Aviarium)

74" 95.5"

Acrylic On Linen On Panel

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Precipice With Sun And Moon (Duck-Rabbit), 24" x 32"

Precipice With Sun And Moon (Duck-Rabbit)

24" x 32"

Acrylic On Canvas On Panel

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Studio 1, 65" Diameter

Studio 1

65" Diameter

Acrylic On Panel

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Studio 2 , 46" x 54.75"

Studio 2 

46" x 54.75"

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Studio 3 (Skull Flower Duo Palette), 25.75" x 29"

Studio 3 (Skull Flower Duo Palette)

25.75" x 29"

Acrylic On Canvas On Panel

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Trans-Continental (SOLD), 7 7/8" x 10 5/8"

Trans-Continental (SOLD)

7 7/8" x 10 5/8"

Acrylic On Panel

“…the idea that a shape/form can occupy multiple spatial conditions and potential readings keeps me engaged in both making and looking… a Duck/Rabbit thing, rooted in the complexities and pleasure of perception.”

-Michael Gallagher

Another Blue World (Twenty-Four Hour Aquarium), 32" x 42", Acrylic On Canvas On Panel

Another Blue World (Twenty-Four Hour Aquarium), 32" x 42", Acrylic On Canvas On Panel

Gross McCleaf Gallery is pleased to present, INFINITION, a solo exhibition of bold and colorful abstractions by Michael Gallagher. 

Enigmatic, delightfully playful and bold, Gallagher’s new works at first appear as accomplished abstractions that reference modernist forms. Painted biomorphic shapes swirl around the surface, producing a centrifugal force generated from the center of the painting outward. Texture and varied paint application break the solidity of flat planes of color creating implied space in the composition. The shapes then alternately poke into those spaces and push out, shifting the relationship between what is considered the figure and what is the ground. 

Aside from the striking visual richness of the painted surfaces, a second layer of interpretation reveals multiple manifestations of nameable objects and spaces. Gallagher’s titles encourage this read. A shape once perceived as a colored plane can become a hill, fish, bird, or still life objects. In some of the works, objects hover in a liminal state until interpreted by their relationship to the shapes surrounding them. This action of relational interpretation is what drives Gallagher’s studio practice. He enjoys the act of revelation, multiple (mis)readings, and the “potential” for subject matter. For instance, in Aquarium 3, joy and comedy are fully embraced as what was once a spot of color, turns into an eye and glares back, perhaps asking the viewer, “…what are YOU lookin’ at?”.

Night Fishing 2, 32" x 40", Acrylic On Panel

Night Fishing 2, 32" x 40", Acrylic On Panel

A Philadelphia-native, Gallagher spent his formative years studying at the venerated Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) which is well-known for alumni and pedagogy dedicated to the practice of observational painting traditions. Throughout the 1980s, Gallagher adhered to many classical oil painting techniques while experimenting with a blending of shapes and imagery. This approach has been the theme of his work for nearly forty years. Gallagher is the recipient of five Excellence in Teaching Awards from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he has taught painting and drawing for several decades. After numerous successful solo and group exhibitions in the region, Michael Gallagher is now represented by Gross McCleaf Gallery. 

Orange Hill (24 Hour Aviarium), 74" 95.5", Acrylic On Linen On Panel

Orange Hill (24 Hour Aviarium), 74" 95.5", Acrylic On Linen On Panel