Michael Gross, ‘Basket Weave Bacon Bowl’, 1985, David Barnett Gallery

Signature: signed & dated on bottom

Image rights: David Barnett Gallery

About Michael Gross

Having developed from a naturalistic style, Michael Gross’s abstract paintings reference realistic imagery, yet are infused with the dynamic action of his studio practice. Gross works quickly and meditatively, and often turns his paintings around and upside down to examine their compositions and colors from different perspectives. “The energy I call up to work in this way is both physical and spiritual,” Gross says, “I am wrestling with divergent forces: intensity vs. detachment, emotion vs. reason, light vs. darkness, and color vs. black.” He creates his explosive, bursting paintings by building up discrete, colorful marks on an otherwise monochromatic field. The density of the calligraphic lines and swatches is often highest at the center, suggesting a roiling and amorphous ball of energy floating and vibrating in space. Gross’s work resembles that of Georges Mathieu and other postwar French abstractionists.

American, b. 1944, Teverya, Israel

Solo Shows

2015
Galerie Myrtis, 
Washington, DC,
Michael Gross: Abstraction

Group Shows

2016
Dvir Gallery, 
Tel Aviv,
NOWWHERE
2014
Galerie Myrtis, 
Baltimore,
Emergence 2014: International Artists to Watch
2014
Dvir Gallery, 
Tel Aviv,
Les yeux seuls sont encore capables de pousser un cri * (* Les Feuillets d’Hypnos by René Char)