Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Losing and Finding, 2008

oil on linen

54 x 50 inches

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Pleasant Lake, 2011

oil on linen

60 x 55 7/8 inches

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Goddess, 2011

oil on linen

40 x 40 1/8 inches

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Poet's Garden, 2011

oil on linen

40 1/8 x 40 1/8 inches

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Underbelly, 2008

oil on linen

60 x 56 inches

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Pink Storm, 2010

oil on linen

54 1/8 x 54 1/8 inches

Neysa Grassi Locks Gallery

Rose Fountain, 2011
oil on linen
48 x 48 1/4 inches    

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Amorino, 2008

oil on linen

60 x 56 inches

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Willow, 2011
oil on panel
20 x 20 inches

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Untitled, 2001

oil on panel

17 1/2 x 18 inches

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Ember, Milk, Rose, 2005

oil on panel

15 1/4 x 14 1/2 inches
Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Spirit Stone, 2011

oil on linen

12 1/8 x 11 1/4 inches

Neysa Grassi Locks Gallery

Aurora, 2008
oil on panel
19 7/8 x 19 7/8 inches

 

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Rivers in Oceans, 2010

oil on panel

19 7/8 x 19 7/8 inches

Neysa Grassi Locks Gallery

The Return, 2006
oil on linen
16 x 16 inches

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

What the Clouds Say, 2011

oil on panel

20 x 20 inches

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Untitled, 2011

oil on panel

20 x 20 inches

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Small Stream, 2010

oil on linen

17 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Sky, Lake, 2011

oil on panel

20 x 20 inches

Neysa Grassi painting Locks Gallery

Water Dust, 2011

oil on linen

60 x 55 7/8 inches

Press Release

Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Philadelphia artist Neysa Grassi, along with a selection of works that marked the development of her art in the last decade. The exhibition will be on view September 1 through October 8, 2011. There will be a reception for the artist Friday, September 9, 2011 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
 
The idiosyncratic technique of Grassi creates a tormented, multi-layered surface that “owes much to destructive forces – abrading, scraping, running out – to the extent that what has been removed from the linen support, what was once there but can no longer be seen, significantly contributes to the power of the work.” (Jonathan Binstock) The artist’s new paintings unveil an inner radiance in old rose and grey hues or in shades of blue, from cobalt to steel color. Here, the meditative abstractions mistily evoke water, rosebushes, stones, or clouds, but Grassi’s paintings “neither exclude resemblance nor rely on it. Its point is to aid us in approaching the singularity of the pictorial sensation, not lead away from it.” (Barry Schwabsky)
 
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with an essay by poet and critic Susan Stewart.
 
Grassi, a recipient of a Pew Fellowship, has had solo exhibitions at several museums, including the Pensacola Art Museum, FL and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA. Since 1990 the artist has had over 18 one-person exhibitions in galleries in Philadelphia and New York. Her work is in the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.