May 4-25, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 5-7 pm
David Ahlsted paints figures with their feet in the sand - standing, walking, sitting, gazing, and sunning - watching the ebb and flow of the water upon the shoreline. These are places where the introspective, experiential, and existential meet and the sky, sand, and sea converge. Reflections of the sky are captured in the momentarily still water as everything that is moving - the figures, the sky, and the sea, hold still just for a moment.
Ahlsted's paintings celebrate the individuals and the families that share the primal experience of gathering at the ocean's edge. He explores solitude, reflections, and generations sharing a common experience. These works ask us to forget the noise and clamor of the day and return to the timeless sounds of waves on the sand.
David Ahlsted is known for his paintings of the Jersey Shore, industrial landscapes, and large scale still-life works. The artist studied at Minneapolis College of Art and received his MFA from Indiana University. He is a Professor Emeritus of Art at Stockton University where his four commissioned murals grace the Grand Hall of the University's Campus Center. His paintings are included in over 100 prominent public and corporate art collections. This is Ahlsted's fourth solo exhibition with Gross McCleaf Gallery.