• Press Clips

    " The painterly allusive symbolism of Ms. Cross gives her section a spiritual presence. Each work incorporates a blue palette and used traditional and naturalistic subjects as a starting point. Then things get weird. Staircase don't go anywhere, landscapes give rise to ghostly skeletal forms, and a skull floats in the sky. Her titles, such as "Fate", "An Ill Wind" and "Youth and Beauty" bring out the Symbolist intent of her work. " Jennifer Landes, East Hampton Star, December 29, 2016

    "The mysterious and inventive paintings of Jennifer Cross are on view at Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton. In her recent work, Ms. Cross applies thinned fields of color onto wood, after which she mutes the surface with washes and glazes. Haunting interiors and landscapes, inhabited not by people but by dreamlike objects and images — a dark staircase, a birdcage, a smudged vase of flowers, fragments of architecture — suggest narratives and pique the imagination.Her imagery reflects her memories of childhood, current events, dreams, daily encounters, and a fleeting sense of time." - Mark Segal, East Hampton Star, August 27, 2016

    “In Cross’s landscapes, land is vaguely tropical, mysterious, moody, and slightly ominous but never threatening, as though in a dream the dreamer intuits salvation out of murk and confusion.” Joan Baum, Hamptons.com. November 11, 2007

    “ Imaginary Landscapes”, a retrospective of the paintings of Jennifer Cross at the art gallery of the Ross School in East Hampton offers a grim yet sometimes hopeful view of the cycle of life, civilizations, and even of all mankind”. Jennifer Landes, The East Hampton Star, November 15, 2007

    “Juxtaposing vistas that seemed scorched and barren with skies that offer the rhythmic interplay of illumination and space, the artist leaves the viewer to interpret details that emerge from her melodic interaction of light and dark, which in turn become symbolic of the eternal equilibrium between good and evil”. Eric Ernst, Southampton Press, November 8, 2007

    “Cross’s paintings are haunted by memory, dream and even art history: her brightest still lifes seem to have a past. Some kind of storm, natural or man-made, usually has just passed through her tropical landscapes, whose skies are often empty and dark….”
    Robert Long, East Hampton Star, October 10, 2002

    “One of the most inventive and mysterious landscape painters working today.”
    Eric Ernst, The Southampton Press, October 3, 2002

    “And let’s not forget that Ms. Cross is simply a kick ass painter. It is sheer joy to see how she handles pigment, and admire the way she varies texture dramatically across the surface without drawing too much attention to it.
    Robert Long, East Hampton Star, September 27, 2001

    “The windswept landscapes and still lifes which Cross fashions are a battleground where contending forces collide.”
    Anthony Crisafulli, Cover, January 1997

    “(Cross’s works) are singularly weird, astonishing, morbid, fantastic and particularly her own….Hope, they say, lies in going through, and not around, our most abysmal challenges. Cross offers plenty of opportunities.”
    Gerrit Henry, Art in America, April 1994

    “Ms. Cross’s work ….is radiant with color and the iridescent flesh of oil paint, sticky coils of it, to produce a scratchy ratcheting surface with imploded tensions and a rhythm of marks and sgraffito as drawing within the paint.
    Rose Slivka, East Hampton Star, September 4, 1988

    “Cross holds the viewer’s interest with an intelligent play of subdues, glowing colors and witty and energetic drawing.”
    Eileen Watkins, The New Jersey Star Ledger, January 10, 1988

    “Jennifer Cross elevates the landscape to the level of the extraordinary….”
    Helen Harrison The New York Times, January 11, 1987

    Jennifer Cross’s three big oils are a razzle dazzle of swirls, quite frenetic, which form eerie, haunted landscapes. They are psychological landscapes with an amusing, bizarre element- little ghost like figures crop up here and there, doodled with a brush or stick. The paintings have an unfinished quality to them – and I mean this as a compliment. This quality lends an energy; it is as if the viewer were being sucked into a vortex of colorful motion, an enchanted landscape.”
    Robert Long, The Southampton Press September 9, 1986

    “Mysterious apparitions are strongly felt in Jennifer Cross’s web-like scenarios. A frenzy of thin lines might evoke a forest, but the goal seems to be one of researching unusual sensations. One thinks of Giacometti’s questioning of substance, and his interest in showing a world raveling and unraveling in a constant state of flow.”
    Phyllis Braff, The New York Times, September 14, 1986