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Bio

Phillip was born (1987) and raised in Chicago. At the age of eighteen, he decided to leave home and travel the world. A life changing moment was when he landed in India at an ashram as he was trying to discover the meaning of life and to get a better understanding about himself. It is there that he discovered his interest for art. This interest turned into a passion as he continued to pursue his search for self. This eventually brought him to Stony Brook University (2011) and then Florence University of the Arts in Italy (2012). He received his BFA from Hunter College in 2015. Phillip has lived and worked between The Hamptons, New York City, and Miami in recent years.

Statement

The source of my work is from within. There is a consistency in the work in that it is comprised of intertwining and layered strokes but the process is spontaneous. That is where the freshness comes from. The life of the painting lies in what goes into it. It is my entire body and being that paints. The strokes move. They carry energy. The overall quality is full and active yet balanced.

I primarily paint with acrylic on paper and on canvas using a brush and sometimes work with mixed media such as charcoal, pastel, watercolor and ink. The marks are applied with purpose and precision. The decision-making, or action, is based on trust and is a direct route to creation. I share what's inside or what passes through me.

The art has allowed me to go deeper in. Rather than getting lost in it, I discover through the doing. I become more aware, in tune, watchful, interested and involved. Painting shows me the way because it reveals reality. From this process I grow, and in turn, the art grows as well.

The meaning of the art is inherent in the physical aspects of the painting: the colors, strokes and movement. People may relate to it in their own way, but the work often speaks to me while painting. I hear messages, have feelings...this is all part of the growth and discovery.

 

I have two main bodies of work: “Strokes Paintings” and “Just Painting.” Examples of Strokes Paintings are the “Happy” Series (colorful strokes on a white background), the “White on Black" Series (white strokes on a black background), and works with other isolated color combinations. The fundamental aspect of the strokes paintings is that the strokes stand out on a plain background. The essence of the stroke is most visible this way.  The density of strokes, the thickness, and the overall shape they create are unique to each painting, but the overall sensibility of the strokes paintings is one that provides energy and movement. The strokes are individual yet connected, chaotic yet orderly.

 

The second body of work is "Just Painting." I often go into these pieces without a plan. I am really just painting, which is a simple method. But the result is complex because everything I experience goes into the work. My focus is to work intuitively and trust that what comes out on the canvas is meant to be and that the messages or feelings I have either while painting or while observing the painting are meant to show me something. I have understood some of the topics to have been about openness, vulnerability, feeling, connection and playfulness. And I have observed these themes in the form of pockets of light, a focus in the center, movement, expansion and color.

Art fairs, shows, exhibitions

 

2021

Art Expo NY, Pier 94, New York, NY (TBD)

Superfine! (Myth), New York, NY (TBD)

Westport Fine Arts Festival, Westport, CT

 

2020

​Alexandria Old Town Festival of the Arts, Alexandria, VA

Westhampton Beach Festival of the Arts, Westhampton Beach, NY

Southampton Art in the Park, Southampton, NY

Beaux Arts Festival of Art, Coral Gables, FL

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL

Naples New Year’s Art Show, Naples, FL

St. Stephen’s Art Show, Coconut Grove, FL

Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Bonita Springs, FL

Boca Raton Fine Art Show, Boca Raton, FL

ArtFest Fort Myers, Fort Myers, FL

 

2019

Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, Philadelphia, PA

Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY

Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami, FL

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park, FL

Westport Fine Arts Festival, Westport, CT

Bruce Museum Arts Festival, Greenwich, CT

Westhampton Beach Festival of the Arts, Westhampton Beach, NY

Gracie Square Art Show, NY, NY

Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park, IL

Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Mystic, CT

Stamford Art Festival, Stamford, CT

Wynwood Shop, Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL

Las Olas Art Fair, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Boca Raton Fine Art Show, Boca Raton, FL

Sarasota Festival of the Arts, Sarasota, FL

Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, Delray, FL

Mary O. Fritchie Art Show, Westhampton Beach, NY

Art Now Fair, Miami Beach, FL

Montauk Show on the Green, Montauk, NY

Southampton Art in the Park, Southampton, NY

 

2018

Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, Philadelphia, PA

Bruce Museum Arts Festival, Greenwich, CT

Gracie Square Art Show, NY, NY

ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival, Jupiter, FL

Boca Raton Museum of Art Outdoor Festival, Boca Raton, FL

Wynwood Shop, Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL

Las Olas Art Fair, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, Delray, FL

Mary O. Fritchie Art Show, Westhampton Beach, NY

Amagansett Fine Arts Festival, Amagansett, NY

Montauk Show on the Green, Montauk, NY

Englishman Fine Art, Naples, FL

Napulé, Sarasota, FL

Southampton Art in the Park, Southampton, NY

Westhampton Beach Festival of the Arts, Westhampton Beach, NY

 

2017

Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, Philadelphia, PA

Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami, FL

St. James Court Art Show, Louisville, KY

The Hampton Classic, Bridgehampton, NY

Beaux Arts Festival of Art, Coral Gables, FL

Naples New Year Art Show, Naples, FL

Las Olas Art Fair, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

St. Armands Circle Art Festival, Sarasota, FL

CITE, NY, NY

Southampton Art in the Park, Southampton, NY

Mary O. Fritchie Art Show, Westhampton Beach, NY

Amagansett Fine Arts Festival, Amagansett, NY

Montauk Show on the Green, Montauk, NY

GAB Studio, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL

Englishman Fine Art, Naples, FL

Galleria Silecchia, Sarasota, FL

Napulé, Sarasota, FL

Modo, Coral Gables, FL

 

2016

St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts, St. Petersburg, FL

Spectrum Art Show, Miami, FL

Hampton Design, Bridgehampton, NY

Lawrence Fine Art, East Hampton, NY

Mad Hatter Art Festival, Miami, FL

CITE, NY, NY

ACAC Art Fair, Lincoln Center, NY, NY

Westhampton Beach Festival of the Arts, Westhampton Beach, NY

Southampton Art in the Park, Southampton, NY

Mary O. Fritchie Art Show, Westhampton Beach, NY

The Mill, Southampton, NY

 

2015

Let the Rain Tickle the Roof of Your Mouth, SUS Gallery, Great Neck, NY

West Elm Pop-up Show, Bridgehampton, NY

The Mill, Southampton, NY

Hunter College BFA Thesis Show, Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, NY, NY

 

 

 

Awards

 

-  Award of Excellence, Westport Fine Arts Festival, Westport, CT (May 2021)

-  2nd place Award in Painting, St. Stephens Art Show, Coconut Grove, FL (Feb. 2020)

-  Best in 2D Award, Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Bonita Springs, FL (Jan. 2020)

-  Award of Distinction, Boca Raton Fine Art Show, Boca Raton, FL (Nov. 2019)

-  2nd place Award in Fine Arts, Norwalk Art Festival, Norwalk, CT (June 2019)

-  Merit Award, 60th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL (Mar. 2019)

-  Merit Award, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL (Mar. 2019)

-  1st place Award in Painting, Bruce Museum Art Festival, Greenwich, CT (Oct. 2018)

-  3rd place Award, Westhampton 46th Annual Art Show, Westhampton Beach, NY (Aug. 2018)

-  3rd place Boutique Garden Award at The Hampton Classic, Bridgehampton, NY (Sept. 2017)

Additional Interesting Points

 

-  Commission of 38 paintings for Oskar, luxury residences at 572 11th Ave, New York, NY, developed by The Moinian Group, 2018

-  Two paintings purchased by Warner Bros. for the set of the TV show “Time After Time,” 2017

-  Two outdoor murals in Westhampton Beach, NY (2017) and Southampton, NY (2015)

-  Art in private collections in the U.S., Canada, Sweden, England, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Slovakia, India, Brazil, Italy, Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, France