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.
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.