Gross McCleaf Gallery
   
127 S Sixteenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-665-8138
 
     
         
Current Exhibitions
 

Giovanni Casadei, Ocean City Morning Activity

 

Giovanni Casadei
Moments of Light


April 5 - 28, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 5 - 7 pm

Giovanni Casadei, Ocean City Morning Activity, Oil on Panel,
8.5 x 13.5 inches
 

 

My approach to painting is to communicate to the viewer my love for life and human beings through the expression of my feelings, emotions and passions that are inspired by the visual world around me. - Giovanni Casadei

 

In Giovanni Casadei's exhibit, Moments of Light, the artist appears to be painting with light itself. His observations and depictions of the traces of light on arrangements of flowers, fruits, and objects, as well as captured moments at the shore, invite the viewer to look with renewed affection at the world around them.

 

Casadei's seascapes, or "marines" as he calls them, are small windows into vast spaces. The artist says, "What I really like is the opportunity to express big distance." The ocean provides the artist with the perfect subject for this exploration. Casadei continues, "You have the horizon, and it goes on forever. Growing up in Rome, and living in Philadelphia there are certainly opportunities as an artist, but nothing can compare to the vastness, the peacefulness of the sky and the ocean, at the beach." On days spent painting the shoreline, Casadei begins early so he may observe the full emergence of the sun until the final retreat of the day's light. These paintings reveal Casadei's competing fascinations: chasing the shifting sunlight and reflecting on the enormity of the ocean.

 

During the shortened winter days, Casadei returns to his studio where still-life and floral arrangements capture his attention.  Again, light and space are his primary considerations which display a quite different light and space than his marines. He arranges subjects that sing when their surfaces are activated by the play of light across their surfaces and allow for unexpected moments of intimate beauty to be observed.

 

Giovanni Casadei began his study in Italy at the Scuola Libera del Nudo (Free School for Drawing) and the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. After moving to Philadelphia, he received a Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1992. His works have been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions all across the country. He currently teaches painting at the Fleischer Art Memorial. Casadei is the recipient of many awards for his work, including the Berthe M. Goldberg Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. This is his fifth exhibit with Gross McCleaf Gallery.

 

   
Patrick Connors, Late Summer Afternoon, View from Long's Inlet

 

 

Patrick Connors
Reveries


April 5 - 28, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 5 - 7 pm

Patrick Connors, Late Summer Afternoon, View from Long's Inlet,
Oil on linen, 26 x 38 inches
 

 

Philadelphia's light, air, and landscape have fascinated me for over 40 years. They are an ever-changing source of inspiration in my paintings and drawings, most obviously in the landscapes. The exhibited artworks represent a yearlong engagement with clear, shimmering, or obscured light poking through leaden airs that reveal, enshroud, or hide the landscape.  Encroaching shadows and dark skies are addressed, as are the cyclical flourishing, decline, and bareness of the trees and terrain.  Not so much records of circumstance; but, rather, contemplations on the delight and vitality of life, and its mystery. - Patrick Connors

 

Patrick Connors' Reveries call us to reflect on the past and enjoy the present. Through his works, the artist shows us how it is to see a familiar world with the eyes of a love-struck admirer. Viewers see Fairmount Park and other nearby vistas transformed from local treasures into timeless icons.

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Crafted with incredible skill, Connors' paintings show us the beauty of Philadelphia, bringing to mind Canalletto's affection for Venice or Turner's infatuation with London. Free from the need for literal depiction, his works express pure love of place. Painting plein air, with his smaller works, Connors experiences a direct and immediate response to the light, space, and evocations of a place. His large paintings expand upon his initial on site inspirations and his desire to capture a felt moment in a constantly moving and shifting reality. Preserving and communicating the 'fleeting' through the long and sustained process of crafting a painting, is quite a challenge. 


A renaissance man, Connors uses all the tools at his disposal as a student of art history - light, perspective, and perception - to meet this demand. His efforts yield colorful, and luminous daydreams which beckon attention and appreciation. His painted musings reveal a painter enamored with his surroundings and yet willing to offer his own fascinations and artistic passions.

 

Patrick Connors is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania.  His work is exhibited internationally and is included in private and public collections. Connors has received numerous awards which include a Franz & Virginia Bader Fund Grant, an Oxford University Summer Residency Fellowship in painting and anatomy, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant for painting, and the Samuel D. Gross/Thomas Eakins Award for Significant Contributions to Medicine and its Surrounding Culture by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.  

 

Patrick Connors would like to extend his appreciation to the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund for support in the creation of the works featured in Reveries.