This painting combines fundamental visual elements—simple shapes, modulated values and color relationships—to create a poetic and humanistic composition that feels both strange and familiar. Matt Phillips creates oil pastels on paper as a regular part of his studio practice. At times, these works allow the artist to resolve a painting that has stalled. In other instances, these paintings let Phillips see one of his images played in a new color key or at a different scale. Regardless of the context, these works provide a structure for the artist to explore his endless fascination with color, light, and surface—while embracing the material world and the flawed touch of the artist's hand.
Matt Phillips’ work explores fundamental elements of painting, including simple shapes, modulated values and color relationships. Embracing experimentation, the artist combines and remixes these rather rudimentary components to produce unexpected outcomes. Drawn toward the unseen, Phillips creates tense, humorous, quirky and meaningful compositions.
Matt Phillips received an MFA in Painting from Boston University, in Boston, Massachusetts in 2007 and a BA in Art and Art History from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 2001.
Solo exhibitions of Phillips’ work have taken place at: The Landing Gallery in Los Angeles, California; Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Virginia; Direktorenhaus Museum in Berlin, Germany; Studio d’Arte Raffaelli in Trento, Italy; Devening Projects in Chicago, Illinois; Zillman Art Museum in Bangor, Maine; and Steven Harvey in New York City.
Group exhibitions of Phillips’ work have taken place at: Nino Mier Gallery in Los Angeles, California; Hollis Taggart in New York City; Je Bailey Gallery in Hudson, New York; and Ampersand Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
Phillips has been an artist-in-residence at: The Fores Project in London, England; Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York; and the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
Phillips lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
This painting combines fundamental visual elements to create a poetic and humanistic composition that feels both strange and familiar. The artist's oil pastel on paper works explore color, light, and surface—while embracing the material world and the flawed touch of the artist's hand.More
- Framed: 22.8 x 18.5 x 1.5 in.