Source, 2020

oil on panel

48 x 46 inches

Undertow...for NC, 2020

oil on panel

18 x 18 inches

Baring Falls, 2018

oil on linen

60 x 56 inches

Warm Spring Rain, 2017

oil on panel

13 1/2 x 13 inches

Winter Winds, 2020

oil on panel

48 x 46 inches

Path, 2020

oil on panel

20 x 20 inches

Distant Winds, 2020

oil on panel

48 x 46 inches

View from Rivers Edge, 2017

oil on panel

23 x 23 1/2 inches

Storm Season, 2020

oil on panel

46 x 48 inches

Trembling River in Spring, 2020

oil on panel

48 x 46 inches

Press Release

Locks Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new oil paintings by Philadelphia-based artist Neysa Grassi (b. 1951). Grassi’s seductive surfaces, built slowly over time through a meditative process of layering and burnishing, evoke geological and meteorological phenomena. Continuously emerging and dissolving, her atmospheric images yield a portrait of flux—a compressed record of the passage of time.

Art historian Jennie Hirsh writes: “Dense and ethereal, the satiny finishes of these peculiar paintings quietly glow, drawing the viewer toward the weight of the entombed linen and wooden supports, their enigmatic nature hinting at their long studio gestation.” Each work takes months, sometimes years, to complete and the resulting paintings are hauntingly beautiful, emergent forms born out of a laborious communion of materiality and consciousness.

Located on the first floor gallery, Neysa Grassi is paired with recent work by painter Joanna Pousette-Dart on the floor above. The exhibitions will be viewable by appointment only. Please contact the gallery directly at info@locksgallery.com to arrange a date and time. In accordance with recent safety measures surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak, masks will be provided upon entry and must be worn for the duration of the visit.

Neysa Grassi is a Pew Fellowship recipient and has had solo exhibitions at the Maryland Institute College of Art, MD; the Pensacola Art Museum, FL; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA; Swathmore College, PA; and the University of Delaware, DE. 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.

Writing
Foreign Language: Neysa Grassi Title MagazineApril 2015

by Jenna Buckingham

Writing
Neysa Grassi Art in AmericaNovember 2011

by Jennie Hirsh

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