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

Eric Huckabee, Small Wave Information


Eric Huckabee
Looking at the Waves

February 1 - 24, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 5 - 7 pm

Eric Huckabee, Small Wave Information, Oil on linen, 18 x 36 inches  


Eric Huckabee has spent the last few years reconnecting with his roots in coastal Mississippi. Since he returned to his home in Waveland, MS, he has become fascinated with the mysterious and regenerative rhythms of waves - pushing, folding, and pulling back into themselves: each one unique but connected to all others. The coastal landscape, the meeting of water and land, along with the rhythms of nature have been the basis for his colorful abstract paintings.


Bands of color bring to mind the visual barriers and connections between the sky above and the waters below. Even Huckabee's shapes are reminiscent of parts of boats - the viewer can find echoes of hulls and sails.


Of his process, Huckabee says:


Painting is a means of thinking visually in real time - or giving tangible form to suspended information that is found through seeing "thinking" and feeling "seeing". Often, my images develop out of a fascination with the formal properties of specific information - say buoyancy; the shape of a hull in water, its negative being the shape of a wave, affected by weather and the perception of space.


Huckabee's new paintings are direct and fresh. While his work has always been indirectly informed by his homeland, these paintings reveal a man in direct conversation with the world around him. Benefiting from his time away in Philadelphia, his paintings reveal the affection possible only through absence. Huckabee's paintings show a man in love with his home, seeing it anew.


Eric Huckabee currently lives in Waveland, MS. He earned his MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and his BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi. His work is included in the collection of Woodmere Art Museum and has been featured in New American Paintings.  This is the artist's second solo show with Gross McCleaf.

Ted Walsh, Game Birds in Flight



Ted Walsh
Water from a Hole in the Ground

February 1 - 24, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 5 - 7 pm

Ted Walsh, Game Birds in Flight, Oil on panel, 45.5 x 35.5 inches  


Gross McCleaf Gallery is proud to present Water from a Hole in the Ground featuring the work of Ted Walsh. Dramatic and yet somber in mood, the paintings Walsh creates are informed by specific places while attaining universal resonance. Barns, roads, boats, and planes populate his landscapes and call attention to our ways of living in and moving through the world.


In his own words, Walsh reveals:


I have a strong sensitivity for landscape (in my pictures, particularly as undergird for buildings and objects as they contribute to a sense of setting). This personal penchant for looking at the landscape and the dirt and the materials that make up the places we inhabit, informs my paintings. However, the specificity of any particular place is a less important factor in my painterly decision making. If I have to decide between painting something as it actually looks, or changing it to make a better painting, I always choose the latter. That said, my pictures tend to look a lot like the regions of southern NJ and south eastern PA where I have lived.


Walsh paints stories that can sustain his interest through his meticulous and lengthy painting process. Each work begins with an initial curiosity and excitement. Throughout the time he spends with a work, translating an initial idea into a physical reality, the ideas evolve and change. Through this lengthy interaction, each painting matures and achieves a tense stillness - a feeling of life slowing enough for its strangeness and deep simplicity to reveal itself to the painter and the viewer.


Ted Walsh graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia with a MFA and earned his BA from Drew University in Madison, NJ. He has been the resident artist at the Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, PA and the First State National Historical Park in the Brandywine Valley on the Delaware and Pennsylvania border. This is his first solo show with Gross McCleaf Gallery.