Painters & Sculptors Program 2017 Pat Phillips
Pat Phillips was born in Lakenheath, England in 1987. Relocating to Louisiana as a young child, he spent his early teenage years painting and photographing boxcars in a small town. Among the thousands of surfaces he’s scrawled on, he has been featured in Transition Magazine, and he has spoken about his work at Xavier University. Phillips has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Some of his solo exhibitions include: Memphis Retrospective at Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, LA), Roots at Antenna gallery (New Orleans, LA), and more recently, Manifest Graffiti at the Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, LA). While Phillips has maintained an underground presence within the graffiti subculture for over 10 years, he enjoys the being able to open up a new dialogue through his studio work.
“Using a crude aesthetic to merge ideas of race, landscape, and Americana, my work creates a mythological narrative that explores a black perspective from my many years growing up in suburbia painting graffiti.”
All the Good Boys and Girls In the Suburbs Got Model Trains For Christmas, 2016, acrylic, oil pastel, airbrush, aerosol on canvas, 49 x 59 inches
Alphabet Soup, 2015, acrylic, ink, aerosol paint on canvas, 46 x 63 inches
Underground Railroad Chain Gang, 2016, acrylic, oil pastel, airbrush, aerosol on canvas, 40 x 49 inches
Untitled (Cabbage Patch), 2017, acrylic, aerosol on canvas, 41 x 49 inches
Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.