Gross McCleaf Gallery
127 S Sixteenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Current Exhibitions



Elaine Lisle
Fall in Philadelphia

September 7 - 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 5 - 7 pm

Elaine Lisle, Center of the Square, Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches  


Gross McCleaf opens its season with a solo exhibition by Philadelphia artist, Elaine Lisle. Lisle's paintings of the city and its environs reveal treasured moments of life at its fullest. Whether a city street or sunlit countryside, these richly painted depictions are both lively and peaceful at once--a genuine reflection of beauty hiding in the everyday. These works are conceived through direct observation, followed by careful decisions made in studio about color, contrast, and the patterns of light that play on surfaces. The resulting images are vividly felt and personal to Lisle, effectively immersing the audience in her vision.


Lisle says of her work,


"My paintings are joyful representations of the world as I interpret it. Each time I begin a painting I am hoping to bring a sense of recognition to the viewer. The painting is a captured moment in time, a portrait of place and a way of seeing something that makes you stop and look and realize that even if you've seen it before, looking at the painting makes you see it differently and, most importantly, with pleasure. The joy is often about finding the colors in the light or shadows that might not be evident at first glance."  


Elaine Lisle's work will be featured in the September 2016 issue of American Art Collector and her paintings can be found in private and corporate collections around the globe.  She has exhibited widely both in Philadelphia and other locations in the mid-Atlantic region, as well as, New York, Bronxville, and London.  Lisle draws inspiration from former instructors at the University of Pennsylvania and PAFA, most notably Neil Welliver, Jimmy Lueders, Sidney Goodman, and Murray Dessner.  Her paintings also show the influence of past masters including American realists from the Ashcan school, particularly George Bellows, Edward Hopper and John French Sloan. Lisle currently is on the faculty of the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA.





Drew Kohler
Benjamin Passione

September 7 - 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 5 - 7 pm






Gross McCleaf Galley presents Nonlinear, an exhibition featuring the paintings and works on paper of Drew Kohler and Benjamin Passione. Kohler and Passione both define as they discover. Their works emerge rather than illustrate through each artist’s process of working directly on surfaces without predetermined outcomes. As they paint, each artists finds the forms that resonate with their ever-evolving understanding of reality.


Passione’s paintings breathe color. They are symphonies in spatial complexity and color harmony. The frenzy of the artist's marks connect through an underlying order building complex rhythms like the confluence of currents from flowing waters. Be it with paper, pigment, or thread, Passione’s works materialize from an abundance of momentary decisions and find an unexpected wholeness through accumulating sympathetic moments.


Drew Kohler seeks the stillness of forms emerging from a fog. Like unhurried whispers, his subjects slowly and quietly develop as layers are painted, scraped, and coaxed forward. Worn away to create something more enduring, Kohler’s paintings emerge from the honest patina of time spent searching.


Theirs are the works of patient painters. Kohler and Passione are willing to sacrifice efficiency and speed for a process that cultivates works of an unpredictable richness and unforeseen substance. The colors and rich textures in their work are initial invitations and provide an early sense of satisfaction, but their works truly reward the patient viewer willing to share the artists’ sense of marvel and discovery.