"Neysa Grassi at Locks Gallery" by Jennie Hirsh
Each of Neysa Grassi’s paintings is introspective, poignant or subtle, contrasted or misty. Yet, these paintings are not ethereal. Their surfaces reveal the intense physicality of the artist’s creative process. The multiple layers of paint that have been applied, scarred, concealed, wiped out, and covered again, give them the tactile quality of materials bodily or organic and a perceived scale that could be both micro or macro. While she travels and as she begins her ideas in the studio, Grassi makes gouache and mixed media paintings and monotypes. These works on paper range from a more spontaneous energy to the calculated meditative abstractions she is known for in oils.
Neysa Grassi, a recipient of a Pew Fellowship, has had solo exhibitions at venues including the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Pensacola Art Museum, FL; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA; Swathmore College, PA; and the University of Delaware, DE. Since 1990, the artist has had over 20 one-person exhibitions in galleries in Philadelphia and New York. Grassi is currently a critic in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Berman Museum of Art, the Palmer Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Woodmere Art Museum.