Suggestive of the natural environment, and perhaps a product of living in the Pacific Northwest, Phillips’ paintings depict the infinite textures and moods of clouds and skyscapes. He then uses those images and feelings to achieve the remarkable illusion of expansive space. Even his smallest paintings allow the viewer to travel great distances. Straddling the lines between minimalism and pure abstraction, Phillips also reaches into history and calls forward the subtle brush strokes and strident light and shadow combinations of William Turner. Combining those techniques with a modified encaustic process (oil paint and wax) taken from European frescos, Phillips is able to achieve fabulous undulating surfaces that respond and reflect light to create atmospheric spaces for the viewer to inhabit.
Illumination represents Phillips newest body of work where we see him further exploring the notion of painting space as opposed to objects. These paintings also reflect the artist’s unabashed interest in classic painterly surfaces, impasto layering, beeswax, and heavy brushstrokes. Letting the lessons of academic painting inform his uniquely contemporary artwork, Phillips takes bold steps towards a new kind of imagery
Green Gold, encaustic on panel, 60x48
Sienna Study, encaustic on panel, 30x24
Jade Sky, encaustic on panel, 13x30
Green Gold II, encaustic on panel, 18x60
Sienna Stripe, encaustic on panel, 8x48