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

Kevin Muente, Creek



Kevin Muente
Reflections on Water

May 6 - 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 8, 2015, 5 - 7 pm

Kevin Muente, Creek, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches  


Kevin Muente has made another trip east from his home in Northern Kentucky to show with Gross McCleaf Gallery. His current body of work, Reflections on Water, informed by his travels throughout the United States and abroad, focuses on water as the basis for contemplation of the mysterious qualities of nature.

The artist states:

The paintings in this exhibition all feature water as their primary subject. I've always

been attracted to water. As a young boy my friends and I spent countless hours fascinated by a river in the woods near our house. We swam, fished and floated on hand built rafts. The water was our forbidden playground, who knew what was around the next bend?

I still find myself infatuated with that question and this curiosity drives me every time I go out to hike or paint water. Rivers and creeks meander and turn often, always supplying a new perspective. Just about any of these waterways can lure me in if the light, season or colors are right. Winter, Creek in particular is just behind my house in Kentucky nestled between apartments and 1960's small suburban houses, most of the time this creek isn't spectacular, but just after a snow fall with the early morning sun rising it shifts to other worldly.

Muente captures brief moments of tranquility found in nature through his own photography and extends and elevates these experiences by rendering these moments in paint. This process allows the artist to meditate on found moments from national treasures to those from his personal history, which include visits to local sites such as Ridley Creek State Park and the Wissahickon.

Kevin Muente is Professor of Art at Northern Kentucky University. He received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his MFA from the University of Cincinnati.


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Alexandra Tyng
Ways and Intersections

May 6 - 29, 2015
Opening Reception:
Friday, May 8, 2015, 5 - 7 pm


Alexandra Tyng, Parallel Ways to Miquon, oil on linen, 18 x 42 inches  


Alexandra Tyng has had numerous solo exhibitions in New York, Maine, and throughout the United States, but Ways and Intersections will be her first one-person show in her hometown Philadelphia since 2005.  

Sharon Ewing, Director, says of the current exhibit:

We are absolutely delighted to be featuring Alexandra Tyng's work. The paintings in this exhibit include vistas of roadways and waterways, capturing the distinctive beauty of the city of Philadelphia and the wild, natural splendor of the Maine Coast where Tyng has spent summers since childhood. In the artist's figurative paintings, where she uses friends and family members as models or characters, Tyng explores themes of personal and psychological interaction and motivation - creating scenes out of her imagination that generate a narrative between the artist and the viewer."

As the daughter of architects Anne Tyng and Louis Kahn, the concept of "perspective" has always been important in Tyng's work. Her fascination with high vantage points started when, as a child, she saw Leonardo DaVinci's aerial drawings and marveled at how he imagined what a city would look like from a bird's-eye view.

The artist says,

Ways and Intersections is literally about 'ways'-streets, roads, train tracks, rivers, creeks, and canals-that connect places, intersect, cross over and under each other, or run parallel to each other....When I am in a place, I don't see its connection with or proximity to other places. But when I'm in the air or high up looking down, I see the shape of everything and I understand how it all fits together and why the roads, canals, and train tracks are where they are, or why one lake drains into another, or how a bunch of islands are really a submerged mountain peak. I literally understand it from a different perspective....This is also true of people and human relationships. The idea of Ways and Intersections deals with the journey through life and the interactions between people. I like imagining how things look from different people's perspectives. My figurative paintings are about the people I paint, and also about me and my life--so each painting is like an intersection of thoughts, feelings and experiences.

Tyng is a graduate of Harvard College and received a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.