Artist's Talk: Clare Grill in Conversation with Adam Ross

Saturday, November 8th, 4 - 6 pm

Oct. 31, 2014

You are invited to an Artist's Talk: Clare Grill in conversation with Adam Ross. Clare Grill's solo show, Mary Mary includes paintings as well as drawings she calls Samplers, and is currently on view at the gallery. Adam Ross is a painter who lives and works in Pasadena, California. He is on the Fine Arts faculty of Art Center College of Design, specializing in color theory. 

This event is open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP by email to

About the Exhibition: 


Clare Grill paints with oils on linen, including the inconsistent texture as a rich compositional element of her rigorous but unexpected abstractions. Often painting on an intimate scale, she employs color, surface, and form in an exploratory venture, seeking a “felt sense” of content over explicitly recognizable images. Her motifs originate in women’s history and antique samplers—small, embroidered pieces of fabric made by young girls to display their proficiency in needlepoint—yet her paintings are dynamic reappraisals of contemporary abstraction

In her artist’s statement, Grill writes: “I make paintings about things fading away…I’ve become less concerned with image really and more with just painting.” 

About the Artists:

Clare Grill (USA, 1979) received her BA from the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN (2001), an MFA from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (2005), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2011). Miss Grill’s paintings were recently included in This One’s Optimistic: Pincushion (curated by Cary Smith), New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT (2014), and other institutions including: Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA (2014); New Art Center, Newton, MA (2012); and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (2009). Grill has had solo exhibitions at Fred.Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT (2014); Soloway, Brooklyn, NY (2014); Reserve Ames, Los Angeles, CA (2013); and Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY (2011. Important group shows include: Brooklyn Bridge (curated by Justine Frischmann), George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2014); and Primary (curated by Jamillah James), Nudashank Gallery, Baltimore, MD (2012). Clare Grill lives and works in New York City.

Adam Ross (1962, Pasadena CA) received a Masters in Fine Art from the University of California (1989). In 1988 he was awarded with the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship and the William Dole Fellowship from the University of California. Selected solo shows include Hales Gallery (London), Galerie Jean-Luc et Takako Richard (Paris), Angles Gallery (Santa Monica), Kevin Bruk Gallery (Miami) and the Sara Meltzer Gallery (New York). Selected group exhibitions include Den Frie Udstillingsbygning (Copenhagen), Leo Castelli Gallery (New York), Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia) and Limehouse Arts Foundation (London). His work can be found in numerous collections including The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD); and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge, MA). Mr. Ross lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is on the Fine Arts faculty at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

Clare Grill Mary Mary is on view at DIANE ROSENSTEIN through November 29.