Pat Phillips

Pineville, Louisiana

About Pat Phillips

Pat Phillips is a painter from Pineville, LA, whose paintings examine class, race, and social perceptions through his own personal narratives and history. Growing up in the deep south, Phillips credits many of his experiences as the catalyst to his art process. His work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic and ARTnews. He has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and Fountainhead, and is a 2019-20 fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Phillips is a 2017 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. Some of his solo exhibitions include ROOTS (Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA), Manifest Graffiti (Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA), Told You Not To Bring That Ball (Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA), and SubSuperior (Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York, NY). Phillips was a participant in the 2019 Whitney Biennial.

Program Participation

Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2017

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Having been a graffiti writer for nearly 20 years, I find that my approach can be impartial when exploring different mediums and my painting process. While I generally work thematically, I tend to let the paintings build organically. It is not until the background is resolved that the general idea, composition, and imagery start taking shape within the painting.”