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

Mark Green, House (split)



Mark Green
You Remember

September 6 - 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 5 - 7 pm

Mark Green, House (split), Oil/wax on panel, 33 x 43 inches  


Like most of us, Mark Green begins at home and finds his way. His paintings of homes and houses shift between nostalgia and evocative strangeness, the result of beginning works with a clear intention but an intention that changes and responds to the painting as it is created. These paintings dance and flicker through his process as he seems to be patiently chasing fast and fleeting memories and following new realities as associations arise.


Green says of his work,          

With very few exceptions, the paintings are done mostly from invention.  I start with drawings to fill my head with rough shapes and forms, while playing with composition....Then I may or may not proceed to a value study in charcoal.... Many times, I will begin a painting from a study and eventually alter it in the process of painting until it barely resembles the original study. 


I work in oil on board and canvas or oil on board with a cold encaustic technique.  I like to experiment with a variety of house type, light, atmosphere and color. I am influenced by both my father (who was trained as an architect) and the 7 years I spent living with my French ex-wife and son in Paris. For those two primary reasons, I generously borrow from both American and French architecture.


Through his atmospheric and formal use of color combined with his selective use of focus and drawing, Green's paintings are exquisite images with a universal subject and beautiful materials. For all his virtuosity, the works vitality stems from the artist's discovery of formal narratives yielding images where mood, color, and atmosphere emerge from his initially chosen imagery. In their flirtation with recognition and the unexpected, his works are both natural and surreal.


Mark Green received his BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and his MFA from the University of Delaware. He currently lives in Tarrytown, NY where he is on the faculty of the Hackley School. Green has shown his paintings regionally, on the West Coast, and in Europe. This will be his first solo exhibition with Gross McCleaf.  


Losing Its Name: Rebekah Callaghan, Matthew Colaizzo, Carol Heft


Losing Its Name
Rebekah Callaghan
Matthew Colaizzo
Carol Heft

September 6 - 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 5 - 7 pm



Names are usually one of the first ways we get to know something. Though if our inquiry just ended with an exchange of labels, the loss would be considerable.  Through their drawings, paintings, and prints, Carol HeftMatthew Colaizzo, and Rebekah Callaghan begin with ordinary simple subjects and quickly surpass their initial introductions as they explore and create works that reveal discovered depth, sensitivity, and understanding of even the most easily named.


Rebekah Callaghan's paintings are derived from plants placed in and around her studio space. Working from direct observation, a shadow might be the subject of one painting while the luminosity of color might take precedence over drawing in another.  Callaghan relies on the friction between what she sees and the materials with which she paints to create unexpected translations of familiar companions.


Matthew Colaizzo's works explore the landscape altered by humans and the relationship between the expectation and reality of scale. His woodblock prints examine how intimacy with nature and appreciation for the picturesque view are differing impulses. Each print comes from a hand carved wooden block which is printed manually using only a printing baren and a wooden spoon.  The individual works are imbued with Colaizzo's sensitivity and touch throughout the process.


Carol Heft draws passing trees as she rides on the bus between New York City and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She creates new forests from the accumulation of specific observations.  As these drawings develop, fed by the urgency of observation and selection but reveling in the freedom of selection and improvisation, she discovers them. Heft freely pulls from her memory of all the trees she sees and those she is just passing. Somehow in the resulting back and forth, she captures a unique and personal dialog, offering it to the viewer.




Rebekah Callaghan lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. She is a graduate of the MFA program in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and the BFA program at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.


Matthew Colaizzo lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts MFA program and the BFA program at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.


Carol Heft lives and works in New York City. She studied with American Master Robert Brackman and is a graduate of Hunter College and the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally.