Neysa Grassi, ‘Angel Lake’, 2012-2014, Locks Gallery

About Neysa Grassi

The translucent, textured surfaces of Neysa Grassi’s paintings evoke deep and primal imagery from mankind’s history. Resembling cave paintings or ancient decorations, her work features built-up surfaces of many layers, which the artist rubs, sands, and scrapes to reveal underlying images, or to create new ones. In her work, she addresses modern man’s intellectual limits, and describes her paintings as “moving toward a presentation of colors that have no names, that have not yet been named.” Her vaporous compositions resemble those of painters like Jules Olitski and Anish Kapoor.

American, b. 1951, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania